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EDUCATION

It is common knowledge that 90 percent of India lives in its villages. It is also well-documented that education is one of the most powerful tools that leads a nation on the path towards a better society.Therefore, for progress to happen on every front in India, education and empowerment are among key issues that need to be addressed. Did you know that 60% tribals, 55% backward communities and 40% of urban India have been denied proper education? In fact, according to recent studies, education in rural India has developed to some extent, but there is also a high percentage of dropouts and child labour is a recurring problem. It is in this area of operation that several organizations across the globe, both governmental and non-governmental, have extended their support to propagate quality education for children.
Jana Seva Inc. works in conjunction with various non-governmental organizations in India to undertake projects related to education. With the backing of an expert team, Jana Seva Inc. is in an advantageous position to identify the right non-governmental organizations and projects for funding. Jana Seva Inc, supports the following non-governmental organizations or projects in the field of education:


Project details

Swami Vivekananda Rural Community College, SRCC., Puducherry


Swami Vivekananda Rural Community College (SVRCC) is a leader in skills-training education which is committed to imparting career-oriented, ethical value based, quality education that combines high technical standards, conceptual clarity and a practical approach at an affordable cost.

SVRCC is a school for dropouts built on three unshakeable foundations:

  • 1. Vocational guidance that guarantees employment
  • 2. Life skills that teach youngsters how to lead a purposeful, positive and happy life
  • 3. The value of unconditional love, nurturing care and disciplined affection

Every student is in sharp focus at SVRCC. The college has taken the following initiatives to ensure student welfare:

  • Alignment with ICRDCE, Chennai – the nodal agency in India for community colleges
  • Assurance of employment and encouragement for self-employment
  • Subsidized fee structure for courses
  • Compulsory teaching of life-coping skills, computer basics, English communication and discipline
  • Partnership with the local industrial, commercial and service sector firms
  • Equal opportunity, co-education and flexibility in age & other criteria for admissions
  • Governing Board with experts from different disciplines




Society for the Development of Economically Weaker Section (SODEWS)


SODEWS seeks to instil love for learning in children and improve the quality of education in rural India. The organization addresses education, health, environmental and livelihood themes and is focused mainly over five blocks in Vellore district, Tamil Nadu, and one village in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand. SODEWS’ interventions are focused on pre-primary (Anganwadi), primary levels and residential bridging programs (Residential Special Training Centers – RSTC).
Anganwadi Program :
In each of the five blocks, volunteers visit 30 Anganwadi stotaling 150 in all. The Anganwadis are a part of the Integrated Child Development Scheme which focuses primarily on child and maternal nutrition, health and well-being. The aim is to get more children to come to Anganwadis and to generate interest in learning and academics in preparation for their formal schooling.
Primary School Program:
In nearly 150 Government primary schools, volunteers meet with 5th graders teaching them to read and write fluently in their vernacular language, English and also help them understand fundamentals of Mathematics. The entire thrust here is to ensure that all children are able to read and write their vernacular language fluently and also ensure that there is a smooth transition to middle schools effectively stemming drop-outs.
Residential Bridging Courses:
A program run by the Central Government under the Sarva Shikshan Abhyan aims to end child labour and child illiteracy. Through this program, SODEWS partners with the government in running five such schools with a strength of over 250 children in the age group of 5 -14 (1st to 8th grade). These schools provide boarding and lodging to the marginalized, who are either school drop outs or have never enrolled. Apart from all these programs, SODEWS also supports computer centres in remote villages, and offers administrative and academic assistance to Vani Niketan Shikshan Sansthan in Netala village, Uttarakhand.





Maithri Educational & Charitable Trust, Chennai


The Maithri Educational & Charitable Trust was started in 1991 with the aim of funding education for needy children. It also works on many projects relating to the differently-abled and those with chronic medical conditions. Maithri offers financial assistance to needy children by helping in fee payment and acquisition of text books, notebooks, uniform and shoes. However, Maithri's expenses are seldom restricted to these objectives - there are always incidental expenses, like medical emergencies, settling family discords and assisting mothers from broken homes to sustain a livelihood with dignity. Maithri have realized that to ensure that a child continues to go to school they need to also invest in the immediate circumstances the child finds himself or herself in - so that the child's dreams are not compromised by their immediate situation. Thus, Maithri invests in the child's household, especially in the areas of health and well-being.
 





LIFE SKILLS

Acquiring life skills is important to developing as a well-functioning adult. Life skills include critical and creative thinking, decision-making, effective communication, as well as skills for developing healthy relationships and a positive self-discipline. Life skills empower people to make responsible and informed choices, and lead healthy lifestyles. Unfortunately, however, many children do not have access to education that provides such life skills training. Jana Seva Inc. works with partners and non-governmental organizations, to identify and support the development of life skills curriculum and training approaches in both formal schools and non-formal settings. Jana Seva Inc, supports the following non-governmental organizations or projects in the field of life skill development:


Project details

Swami Vivekananda Rural Community College (SVRCC)


SVRCC is inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s words: “My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation, and out of them will come my workers.” SVRCC’s vision is to excel as a trusted community-driven educational institution for empowering India’s young adult population.

SVRCC is committed to the values which lay the foundation for youth welfare. The following are the tenets on which the organisation moves forward :

  • Productive deployment of the country’s massive youth energy
  • Inculcation of basic values of life in young minds
  • Empowerment of all stakeholders
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Dynamism and continual improvement
  • Ethical practices & professional management
  • Transparency & accountability
  • Sustainability & scalability

SVRCC focusses on dropouts and strives to provide vocational guidance that guarantees employment and impart life skills that teach the youngsters how to lead a purposeful, positive and happy life. The students are trained to develop ability to make plans independently, achieve goals, tackle problems, and make informed choices. The teachers constantly monitor the student’s aptitude and attitude and emotional balance throughout the course.

These initiatives have resulted in the following trends regarding placement of students:

  • 80% of the students trained are either employed or self-employed
  • 17-18% of the students pursue higher education
  • 2-3% of the students continue to be unemployed & drifting
  • The average starting salary of graduates is Rs. 4,500-6,000 per month
  • 80–85% of the students get employed in Puducherry or in a locality close to their residence





HEALTHCARE

Healthcare is every human being’s fundamental right but dearth of quality infrastructure, qualified medical functionaries, and non-access to basic medicines and medical facilities prevents its reach to 60% of India’s population. A majority of 700 million people live in rural areas where the condition of medical facilities is appalling. Considering this scenario, there is a need for continuous monitoring and support to ensure that quality and timely healthcare reaches even the remotest of villages. At Jana Seva Inc. we help our partners develop and implement innovative, practical solutions that combat barriers to good healthcare. Jana Seva Inc, supports the following non-governmental organizations or projects in the field of healthcare:


Project details

Society for the Development of Economically Weaker Section (SODEWS)


SODEWS regularly conducts health awareness camps with a focus on preventive care. Partnering with the government primary health centres (PHCs), the organization assists in immunisation drives, pregnant mothers’ counselling and nutrition programmes. The camps also address sanitation to discourage traditional practices of open defecation. Another major initiative is health-based counselling for adolescent girls. In addition, SODEWS is also setting up livelihoods opportunities for the women in the local tribal community through simple projects such as sanitary napkin making, farm improvement, handicrafts, tailoring and candle making.





CULTURE

Vedic dharma has no specific known beginning. It is considered timeless. Vedas are regarded as the sacred revelations seen by Rishis in their deepest form of meditating. Indian tradition has held the vedas all along in highest reverence, it has invested them with the authority of a revealed scripture, collection of wisdom. We can find roots of almost all forms of Indian art and culture in this rich vedic heritage. The vedas are still being preserved and protected in these patasalas. The parents and students in veda patasalas strive to protect the Vedas. It is Jana Seva Inc’s mission to support these patasalas financially and materialistically and ensure these ancient practices of imparting wisdom and knowledge is passed down generations for to come. Jana Seva Inc, supports the following non-governmental organizations or projects in the field of cultural education:


Project details

Sri Sankara Gurukula Veda Patashala


Vedas are believed to be the divine revelations from the cosmic space recognized by sages of yore. In ancient yugas, the vedas were much larger in content than it is known today. Sage Vyasa has classified the vedas into Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. Sage Patanjali further divided these four into many branches or shakhas. However, due to passage of time most of these have been lost to the present world. It is proven that vedamantras confer peace, prosperity and general wellbeing. It is our duty to nourish and cherish the vedas for future generations.
Sri SankaraGurukula Veda Patasala is one such institution founded at the behest and blessings of Sri Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham and Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal. The prescribed sakhas in Rig Veda, Krishna Yajur Veda and Sama Veda are taught at the patasala. Normally it takes about 10 to 12 years to acquire mastery over one sakha. Vidyarthis, as the students are called, are screened and selected at the tender age of 8 to 9 years. All branches of the vedas are taught as per the Gurukula system of oral chanting, hearing, repeating and committing to memory. The exact intonation and the pitch are very important and any deviation will change the meaning of the text. Hence, this mode of learning is possible only where the teacher and the taught both live under one roof.
Apart from the above, training of select students in application of vedic procedure to various rituals such as Upanayanam, Vivaham, Seemantham and other functions are also included in the curriculum. Food, clothing and medical facilities are offered free of cost to the students.
A team of experienced and learned persons under the able leadership of Principal, Sri G.Raman, Salakshana Ghanapati and under the guidance of managing trustee, is imparting knowledge to the students.





Goshala [Organized Constructed Refuge Tending Camps for Cattle]


In India, cows are sacred. Most religious institutions and ashrams, and even some temples, have a Goshala for tending to and caring for the cows. Establishing a goshala is considered divine work. Cow dung and urine have medicinal properties and Indian households in villages and towns smear the floor with cow dung to purify the houses. It is a practice in India to allow the cows to stay for 3 days before the owners move-in to a new house or invite a cow along with its calf to enter the house. A Goshala also helps economically the families who tend to the cows. The goshala model is environmentally sustainable and profitable to farmers. Each product of a goshala is valuable and can be sold.
Having this cultural and religious understanding of goshalas, Jana Seva Inc. is rightly thinking of encouraging the initiative of establishing Goshalas wherever it could.

If you are keen to donate funds to support Goshalas in India please follow the DONATE link or if you are an non-governmental organization doing work in similar area, please get in touch to see how Jana Seva Inc. can work with you on your funding needs.






India Scholar Program


India Scholar is a structured scholarship program providing opportunities for U.S. based students of Indian origin to volunteer their services in India and learn about their counterparts in India. Qualified and interested college graduates will be offered a scholarship for up to a year to contribute their talent and skills in a multitude of ways to those who need help. The objective of the program is to connect the American adults and people of Indian origin to the land of their heritage and help widen their awareness of the various economic and social spectrum in India. An intended outcome of the program is that the participating students will inspire their peers to get involved in caring for their counter parts in India. Jana Seva Inc. will work with hospitals, schools and other similar not-for-profit organizations to provide a structured program for the scholars. If you are interested in registering for the India Scholar Program, please let us know of your interest with us. We will evaluate the opportunities and get back to you with more information on likely opportunities.