Bharat Calling is an initiative of Shri Ramesh Prakash Samajik Sansthan based in Pathrota village of Hoshangabad district of M.P. It was started as a part of internship program in 2009 by TISS M.A in Social Entrepreneurship course students (2009-11) after assessing the situation of tribal block (Kesla M.P) where students in higher education showed 82% drop out till 10th 2001 census. It was subsequehtly given incubation support by Changelooms. Bharat calling which enables rural youth to pursue higher education courses of their choice was formed. The initiative guides the students and links them to the right universities through information sharing, support in form filling, coaching during summers and then to finally linking these students to respective universities. From 1 school and 0 role models, the organization has spread to 27 schools with more than 100 role models in higher education, since it started working. The organization engages in the following ways:
- Tie up with Government – Official permissions from the government departments, principals to conduct awareness sessions in targeted govt. school.
- Awareness sessions in schools – supported with 45 minute motivational talk, posters, games and an higher education friend appointed by the organization. Follow up of students is done through revisits in schools, and calling up students over phone and posting letters aimed at motivating students to attend summer camp during April and May and prepare for various entrance examinations.
- Summer Camps – Accompanied with extracurricular activities, motivational talks and parents and individual counselling. Preparation for summer camps, finalizing the list of interested students from the area, allocation of centres and taking permissions from respective schools for rooms and hostels. Selecting teachers for coaching during summer camp, mix of local teachers and students volunteers across country.
Sandeep Mehto, (Changeloomer 2013-14) After having faced financial challenges as a student, Sandeep started Bharat Calling “Every day, the teachers would ask me to stand out of the class because I had not paid the school fee,” Sandeep and his family had high hopes for his future but not enough financial cushioning to back it up. “After schooling, getting into a decent college was again an uphill task. These challenges can only be understood by someone who has faced financial restrictions,” says Mehto. Sandeep was one of the fortunate ones from one of the backward hamlets in interior Madhya Pradesh who was able to make it to prestigious universities. One of the most important aspects kept troubling him was “where do the large majority of students studying in government schools and villages go?”As a social entrepreneur, he started Bharat Calling because he felt that one of the most important concerns was exorbitantly higher rate of school drop-out among the youth.
To know more about Bharat Calling, visit http://www.bharatcalling.in/