CAT topper Ajinkya Deshmukh starts his dream project to help underprivileged children
Can we imagine a society without education? Probably it would be impossible. We can dream of a better and a developed society through the strong pillar called ‘Education’. There is no doubt that India is a land full of talented people. But due to lack of proper opportunity and other socio-economic limitations, a section of our society still could not excel academically, in spite of the fact that they are highly talented.
In order to strengthen that weak line, Ajinkya Deshmukh, an young talented guy from Ambarnath, Maharashtra has founded an organization called D4A. D4A is a non-profit organization and was founded with a vision to enable access to quality education by the deserving underprivileged students.
Ajinkya, who now heads D4A, is a computer science graduate from IIT Madras. He scored 100 percentile in Common Admission Test (CAT) 2011, and later joined IIM Bangalore for a management degree. This all India CAT top rank holder also worked for a financial farm in Mumbai before joining IIM Bangalore.
The maiden social initiative of D4A foundation called Pratiyogita, is a program to equip government school students for competitive examinations like NMMS (National Merit-cum-Means Scholarship). There are total 1 lakh NMMS scholarships across India, which offer a scholarship amount of Rs. 500 per month to students, from class IX to class XII. This initiative also helps the students for other competitive exams like NTSE and CET, Ajinkya Deshmukh confirmed.
Currently Pratiyogita program is being run in 5 government schools in South Bangalore and is helping around 140 deserving children to prepare for NMMS examination to be held on November 2nd, 2014. The next project under D4A is a commerce program, which will aim for the employability of commerce students of class XI and XII. Ajinkya Deshmukh wishes to take out the Pratiyogita program to the rural parts of Karnataka, as well as to the other states across India.