Creating a kind circle of generous millennial

By Jincy Chacko

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One of the richest countries of South Asian nations, India has deep roots when it comes to knowledge, wit, and intelligence. The land, where ‘zero’ and ‘decimal’ where first discovered, which has later taken over the planet with complete dominance in Mathematics, Economics and GDP. The land, where astrophysics came into existence way before society could comprehend space.

Our gifted ancestors left us the treasure of knowledge which western world reckons in their daily life. Yoga, Ayurveda, astrology, cosmology, mathematics, architecture, and various verticals of science. The land gave world’s first known universities of Takshashila and Nalanda, when there was no defined structure of education system anywhere in the world, let alone south Asian countries. With literature that speak volumes and is the basis of modern science, we are rich with a brimming cauldron of knowledge and information.

Not many know that India’s quest to know more led them to inventions and discoveries long before anyone could think of a possibility of such kind. Buttons, Pythagoras theorem,  surgery, diamond mining, the presence of water on Moon, wireless communication, binary code, ink, steel and metal work, fiber optics and so much more, have Indian brains behind.

The world revers this eastern country and acknowledges our strength and capability of enlightenment. With such ocean of knowledge in our inventory, we should top the charts in the statistics of well learned and educated countries. Sadly, the picture is grim in the matter. No Indian university stands near top 100 lists.

As per the report of Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2016-17, the highest ranking any Indian institute could attain was in the band of 200 to 400. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay made to top 400 out of 980 institutions. Only 19 institutes in the list of top 800. Talking about our education system, as per the charts of UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics and Global Education Monitoring, 4.7 crore youth drop their education by the time they reach class 10. Delhi based Institute for Policy Research Studies found that only 77% of young millennial enroll themselves for class 10 and 52% for class 11. Survey report of 2014 by Ministry of HRD shows 60 lakh children of the age group 6- 13 years have no access to school. With the kind of history we have, the figures are alarming, the least to say.

One may think of lack of quality staffing, infrastructure, and planning. But going by the brief report of India Today centre, as well as the state, is improvising various divisions of education domain from staff recruitment, resources, policy changes and examination pattern.

The government has time and again launched schemes to woo children to schools. Mid-day meals, launching merit-cum-means scholarships and other lucrative bursaries based on gender, caste, geography to lure parents to send their children to schools and colleges and help needy appreciate their caliber for a better future. In the last budget session, the centre raised the fund allocation by 9.9% for education sector that makes 79,685.95 crores from initial 72,394 crores.

Other than this, there are various private firms, organizations, charity groups, sponsors, NGOs that fund for the education of deserving student(s). Civilians too, participate personally or come forward as supportive hand who adopts a child or two’s educational expense through various crowdfunding platforms.

With all the ways and means in hand to make education accessible for all, a good percentage lags behind due to indefinite information seepage at the grassroots and accessing the same is an altogether struggle for many. Lengthy documentation process, near to no accessibility of the internet, newspaper and other means of mass communication, and incomprehensible know-hows.

With such huge force of commoners, corporates, NGOs, Governments behind to improve the situation, the charts and readings are not impressive. Not to ignore the fact, that innumerable people hold themselves back considering themselves not wealthy enough to back a needy’s educational expenses. But they definitely are interested and inclined to contribute in small amounts.

We need a platform where an individual, corporate and governments, can join to contribute and save someone’s future. We need a platform where deserving learners can seek monetary help from kind-hearted helpers, based on their talent, merit and need. We need a platform where the system works with complete transparency, allowing the seeker and the provider to connect and be a witness to life-transforming experience. We need Kind Circle.

Kind Circle offers the opportunity to groups and individuals to support deserving students with the capacity of their choice. It is also a medium for corporates and enterprises to launch their own scholarships. Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, Kind Circle keeps every step of donation usage and procedure transparent, and complete openness for the provider to connect with the scholar. One can come forward for any or all the three categories; school students, degree pursuers, i.e. students from class 9 to graduation or any vocational programme; this ultimately benefits a huge number of student band.

For many, 40 Rupee a day may not affect their pocket but can be a life-transforming sum for someone else. The platform gives liberty to the provider to fund tuition fee or INR 12k, whichever is less, based on his or her measure of the deserving candidate(s). The process to be a part of the movement to bring the change, is just a few clicks away, until December 31, 2017. Both needy students and the generous millennial can connect through B4S and News Sense Scholarship alerts

Let’s prove the statistics that Indians are still the same; the gifted ones, the brighter ones. Let’s create a “miracle” called educated India. Join hands to complete the circle of Kind Circle.