At first I thought to visit a Navodaya Vidyalaya, but I didn’t share that with Mukhlalji, an alumni of IIT Bombay running a coaching center Vidyapeeth at Patna. Manish his marketing manager, himself asked me to visit some Navodaya Vidyalaya. After some planning we told we may visit JNV Bikram. JNV Bikram is located 40 Km away from Patna Junction and requires one hour cool journey.
On knowing we are alumni of Navodaya Vidyalaya, teachers standing on the entrance of academic building warmly welcomed and politely asked to meet Principal Sir. This time I have visiting card with me and so handed over my visiting card to Principal sir. As he was about to leave school campus for some official work, he requested us to meet Physics sir who in turn would facilitate further meeting with children. As we had very less time, we desired to meet only class tenth and twelfth students.
Students of class tenth students were patience enough to listen us. They inquired about their career prospects. Manish noticed a students having exceptional talent in singing and thought to promote him on his own.
Class twelfth students though reassembled in the class, looked very hopeless. After having brief discussion with us, they opened up and asked lots of questions. We tried to satisfy them at our best by sharing stories of students who worked hard in class twelfth and excelled in their life.
I shared name of one of my colleague to Physics sir and he expressed his negative opinion about him. I thought he was well cooked about him. Secondly he also suggested that there should be single but effective navodaya group as at present there are many alumni group working separately without giving solid results. He gave example of role of alumni of Netarhat school. Though his concern is genuine, but JNV couldn’t be compared with Netarhat school. Anyway we told them Navodaya Mission is not a group of alumni, but it is an NGO working for the upliftment of underprivileged section. It maintains all the decorum for keeping the sanctity of this organization. Transparency and accountability is the key word.
Date: 9 August, 2016