Vidya Poshak

Vision & Mission OUR VISION "EMPOWERING EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY" OUR MISSION To provide financial assistance to meritorious students who cannot afford to continue their higher education owing to their financial difficulties. To guide and train the students towards achieving excellence in their professional and personal lives. To collaborate with institutions with similar objectives to share the best practices and expand Vidya Poshak's reach. To network, associate and enable the educational community to realize the vision. To mobilize resources from individuals and institutions through donations and sponsorships. To develop school leadership and management ability for ...

Vidya Poshak
1st Floor, Yasoda Sadan,
Vidyagiri
Dharwad, Karnataka 580004
India
9845038017
http://www.vidyaposhak.org

Board of Directors

Raghavendra Tikot, Venkatesan Namasivayam, Vijay Kulkarni

Project Leaders

Venkatesan N

Mission

Vision & Mission OUR VISION "EMPOWERING EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY" OUR MISSION To provide financial assistance to meritorious students who cannot afford to continue their higher education owing to their financial difficulties. To guide and train the students towards achieving excellence in their professional and personal lives. To collaborate with institutions with similar objectives to share the best practices and expand Vidya Poshak's reach. To network, associate and enable the educational community to realize the vision. To mobilize resources from individuals and institutions through donations and sponsorships. To develop school leadership and management ability for head teachers in primary schools. OUR OBJECTIVES Financial and academic support to meritorious students who are unable to continue their higher education due to economic difficulties Post Finance support to students for achieving academic excellence, generate greater employability & to enhance youth involvement for creating better society. Associating with teaching community to enhance the quality of education Motivate people participation @large to contribute for development of education

Programs

Vidya Poshak, India is a registered Non Government Organization (NGO), serving education community. The organization was started by a group of compassionate people in the year 2001 at Dharwad with the aim of supporting financially challenged bright students. Though Vidya Poshak started with the aim of supporting the students financially, many other programs evolved during the journey. Some of the major projects are Nurture Merit, Graduate Finishing School, Centre for Development of Soft Skills and School Leadership Development Program. Nurture Merit Program: This program includes Financial Assistance, Library/Book Bank facilities and Residential Bridge Camp. The mission is to provide financial assistance to meritorious students who cannot afford to continue their higher education owing to their financial difficulties. 1. Financial Assistance: Financial assistance to continue education post 10th grade, which will cover college fees, exam fees and transportation. Along with this additional amount for coaching is given. In some extreme situations additional assistance is extended to cover accommodation and boarding. The identification of students is done by physical visits to students dwelling units to assess the need to ensure only deserving applicant received the assistance. More than 700 volunteers spread across the state identify the deserving students. This is a unique feature of Vidya Poshak. The organization has so far disbursed more than INR 131.00 million towards financial assistance. More than 12,600 students have been assisted in over 19 districts of Karnataka and five districts of Maharashtra. The progress of each student is closely monitored throughout the support period. Resources for all these programs are generated through individual donors and private organizations who share the social concern. 2. Books & Library Services: Free Text books are lent to all the students through libraries and book bank centers. Student will get academic text books on their demand to read for 1-year and then the same books are put in circulation. One Central Library, 5 branches and 57 rural Book Bank centers are catering to the students. So far more than 68,000 books have been given to 20,000 students under this program. 3. Residential Bridge Camps (RBC): The RBCs aim at bringing positive change in the Personality, Career and Skills of the students in 9 days of residential camps. Arranging various skill and need based training for the students gives the students an exposure and also builds confidence in them. It is an effort to bridge the gap between the student and her/his dream. It augments the needs of students which they rarely get in their formal schooling. Under this program more than 5000+ students have been trained through 98 camps. The Graduate Finishing School The Graduate Finishing School (GFS) is Vidya Poshak's answer for the problems faced by fresh graduates when entering the job market. GFS is a three month intensive residential program to give graduates from economically disadvantaged backgrounds the life skills, computer knowledge, career guidance, soft skills and English skills they need to successfully find meaningful employment. The trainer to student ratio is 1:8. The students are trained every day, ten hours a day, for three months. The training methodology is learner-centered and learner-led, with daily mentor-led activity sessions in groups of no more than eight. The program helps these students find placement with various companies, mainly in the service sector. So for more than 1400+ students have been trained and placed maintaining consistently 100% placement. Centre for Development of Soft Skills(C-DOSS): C-DOSS, a training wing of Vidya Poshak established to cater the soft skills training requirements in this region. Since its inception C-DOSS has trained 60,000 students, 3466 Teachers and 3834 Employees from more than 300 institutes. CDOSS is a business as well as nonprofit module of Vidya Poshak. C-DOSS aims at providing quality training at affordable cost to the rural collages. C-DOSS conducts workshops for teachers, students, parents and employees. Education Loan awareness and Advocacy Program: (ELaaP) In order to enable youth to acquire the technological and professional skills, Government of India has formulated a policy of providing Education Loan and Loan for Vocation Education and Training. These endeavors need propagation to the corners of the country in order to succeed. Vidya Poshak is proud to launch the Education Loan Awareness and Advocacy Program to enable this propagation. Vidya Poshak is conducting awareness campaigns in collaboration with banks and government officials to guide deserving students in getting education or vocational training loans. In 2012 Vidya Poshak created awareness among 5000+ students in getting education loans. School Leadership Development Program (SLDP): School Leadership Development Program (SLDP) is an initiative focusing on empowering the school Head Masters towards facilitating quality education to each and every child attending Government Primary Schools in the state of Karnataka. It is universally accepted that the primary education becomes detrimental in building strong and contributory members of the society. The main objective of the SLDP is to enhance the competency of the school head masters whose role is very vital in the process of school development. This enables the implementation of the objectives of the National Curriculum Framework 2005. Vidya Poshak is one of the Regional Resource Institutes (RRI) covering 9 northern districts of Karnataka. Finally, the spirit of Vidya Poshak's philosophy of holistic empowerment is simply being there for the students. If the students need guidance, counseling or simply someone to call, Vidya Poshak team is eager to take up that role. Impact - Vidya Poshak 2001-2013 5000 families from 19 districts of Karnataka are out of Poverty Permanently forever 12,500 students were supported and taken to the next level of literacy who otherwise would have discontinued their education after Class-10 5000+ girl students were supported to continue their education rather than marriage at early age. 1400 unemployed graduates from vernacular medium were trained and placed in service sector with an average salary of INR 9,000 per month 36 Doctors & 800 Engineers involved in development of India in various sectors. 5000 young leaders who are sensitive towards society and development of our country Vidya Poshak Alumni contributed to support more than 100 students for higher education with a fund of INR 8.0 Lakhs in last couple of years. Vidya Poshak student volunteers are taking lead to regularly conduct awareness camps in their respective villages and workshops for the students in the schools in their region. More than 30 students completed CPT & IPCC and in process to become Chartered Accountants. More than 70,000 students were trained, counselled and provided right direction for their Career & Life. Brief about Vidya Poshak Team Team Vidya Poshak has twelve years of experience working with youth and handling youth related issues across Karnataka. The Management Team comprises highly motivated individuals who anchor the organization relentlessly. The team includes leaders in the field of Education & Training, Cross domain experts, Technology experts, Banking & Finance experts, Youth Counselors etc. The unique feature of Vidya Poshak is that it is community driven. More than 600 volunteers provide their free services involving in all activities of Vidya Poshak. In past 5 years more than 24,000 house visit of students travelling more than a lakh kilometer across several thousands of villages in Karnataka. More than 50 book banks are managed by volunteers at their houses and hundreds of youth training programs for students are organized by them. Vidya Poshak was the regional finalist for "Apeejay India Volunteer Award" in the category 'volunteer involving NGO of the year 2011'. Vidya Poshak has worked with hundreds of educational institutes across Karnataka and has close relationship and access to the youth in the campus of these institutes. Vidya Poshak Programs such as Nurture Merit program, C-DOSS programs and Change ambassador program have been a regular feature in these institutions. Vidya Poshak has a tie up with many recruitment companies in small cities as well metros. Vidya Poshak with its decade of experience empowering educational community has got indepth understanding about the educational scenario in the state and handling of youth issues. "Technology Development" is one of the key focus in Vidya Poshak. Vidya Poshak has adopted green technology from the beginning and the vast data is been managed almost paperless. Most of the communication between all the stake holders is through Mobile and Internet based technology. Vidya Poshak was adjudged as "Technology for NGO" by Microsoft, USA and a video document on VP could be seen on MS website.

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