Knowledge is power and education is open to all, at least that’s how it should be. Both these are known and accepted facts, but very less is really done by the educated lot to help those who have the will to attain education but find no way to do the same.
Dronstudy established in 2010 by Neetin Agrawal, a passout of IIT-Madras, is run by a few IIT alumni and are looking to change this and make the education the way it is supposed to be: accessible and affordable. They function from their head office at Surat and provide audio, videos and study notes for classes 8-12 through to students appearing for IIT-JEE, AIPMT, CA/CS/CMA, Bank-PO and SSC examinations. Understanding that acces to hard copies of study material is not something all students have, they make it easy by providing material through pen-drives, mobiles,tablet and SD Cards.
Catering to more than 1500 towns and districts all over India and the Middle East, Dronstudy has created over 15,000 hours of video tutorials and more than 1 lakh question answer series to help students get through examinations. One expects succes stories from such institutions to be several and needless to say students are benefiting from this initiative already.
Om Pandey, one among Dronstudy’s success stories, is a boy from a remote village in Chhatisgarh where there is no CBSE school within a radius of 25 kms and the nearest railway station is a good 50 kms away. Yes, such remote areas too house kids yearning to get good education. Om managed to top the International Science Olympiad and won himself a trip to NASA with the help of this study centre’s notes and study material. Om inspires to clear the IIT-JEE exam and hopes to achieves his dreams via this initiative.
Isn’t it well known how education is one of the key aspects to creating a better and more able society as well as country? We cannot help but nod in agreement. In time such as now, when poverty is hitting the world hard, students are the only energy we have left with us to harness.
Another visually-impaired boy Ramandeep looked to study just like his more physically abled counterparts. His wishes were answered when Dronstudy helped him study for competitive examinations via specially made software to teach him the concepts through audio. Shivani from all time flood-affected Lakhimpur in Assam where schools and colleges shut down when nature wreaks havoc, is hopeful of completing her education with the help of these digital notes.
Apart from making sure education reaches the remotest of areas, what initiatives like Dronstudy do is spread hope and inspire dreams. When villages and hamlets are unable to come to school, this initiative takes the schools right across to them. After all, isn’t that how things get done, by pushing limits and breaking boundaries?
When it comes to education, excuses have no place and this is exactly what Dronstudy has proven. Here’s hoping that more such initiatives come up and the educated share their education with the needy.