Monday, August 29, 2011
Mumbai, 29 Aug 2011
It was born in a cowshed. The humble beginning notwithstanding, the school, ‘Parijat Academy’ is today a ray of hope for the Karbi tribes of Assam as their children are poised for a better future.
The people of Pamohi village had been sceptical about educating their children when Uttam Teron started the school in the tribal village in 2003. But Teron had started the school in a cowshed with just four students, driven by a desire to provide quality education to the children.
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Seven years before the Right to Education Bill was introduced in the Parliament, Uttam Teron, a young man from Pamohi, 20 km from Guwahati, dreamt of 100 per cent literacy for the children of his village. Education was the lowest priority in this Karbi-dominated hamlet and most children, especially girls, helped their parents in the fields. This changed when Teron began the Parijat Academy in a cowshed in 2003 with just four students. Today, the school, with a small hostel, provides free education to 502 students of which 256 are girls.
Real Hero award to Uttam Teron
GUWAHATI, Aug 20 – Uttam Teron of the city- based Parijat Academy has been awarded the Real Hero award by the IBN 18 in Mumbai. He is one of the 24 real heroes selected by the IBN 18, said Assam-origin NRI Wahed Saleh in an e-mail.
The Real Heroes in partnership with the Reliance Industries Ltd, India’s largest private sector enterprise, teamed up with the CNN IBN in instituting this award. The award recognizes and acknowledges ordinary Indians who are making a difference in the life of the people. in its fourth edition, this annual felicitation honoured
24 unsung heroes of the country. The efforts of these 24 real heroes from across the country in diverse fields such as women empowerment, youth and social welfare, health and disability , education and children and sports, have made invaluable contributions for the betterment of the common people, said Saleh.
Uttam Teron has been rendering invaluable contribution in providing education to the under-privileged children of the State. The function at which he was honoured was held on August 17.