We regard education as the backbone of nation-building and make remarkable efforts to uplift the downtrodden segments of society. Many of our visionaries are actively engaged in this domain. We support young professionals to excel in their careers through volunteering and assist the poor and the needy with a totally inclusive approach. We are keen on working on the gaps in the arena of education with timely interventions, individual and community support. Vidya Darshan is our prestigious programme in the domain of uplifting learners from SC/ST communities through an inclusive support portfolio.
Vidya Darshan is a Deseeya Sevabharathi Keralam-led integrated tribal development project. The project has been implemented in sixty tribal hamlets in the Wayanad district of Noolpuzha and the Attappadi district of Palakkad. The project comprises six critical components that ensure an understanding of the socioeconomic situation and provide education and nutrition support to the children. We hoped to provide nutritional and educational assistance to tribal children. The majority of students drop out of tribal communities as a result of the shame and humiliation they face as a result of their poor performance in school, whether on exams or in regular classes. We believe that by providing daily support and exposure to them, we can make a difference, which is why this project was formed. Apart from daily classes and nutrition assistance, this project includes components that provide them with unambiguous exposure to educational and research gatherings, such as monthly training programmes and cultural gatherings. Additionally, the programme intends to provide supportive training to tribal parents and community level committee members. We anticipate that these will help raise awareness about education, resulting in increased community support for the students. The implementation of the project is facilitated by a three-tiered team. The first level is that of the Deseeya Sevabharathi Keralam project team at the state level. They will monitor and assist the project team on-site at either Attappady or Noolpuzha. At the site, the project team will consist of a project monitoring committee comprised of local Sevabharathi officials and a project officer who will be a social worker. Thirdly, there will be a Gothra Seva Samithi at the hamlet level, consisting of a seven-member committee. The project officer will coordinate the meetings of the Gothra Seva Samithi. At the hamlet level, Samithi and sevika share responsibility for the project's success.
Vidya Darshan is emphasised as the life-guiding project for the area's tribal students' education and well-being. This is the first step in the project, which was recently launched as a pilot. This is the first time Sevabharathi has had such an experience, and we intend to share it with all those in need. Currently, a panchayath serves only 30 hamlets. This can be extended to the entire Panchayath and then to the entire district. The panchayath was chosen for a variety of reasons. Attapadi has two additional panchayats, while Wayanad has several additional panchayats. Sevabharathi wishes to serve the entire population in order to ensure a better tomorrow. Currently, we have reached approximately 1,000 students and believe that we have succeeded in preventing these 1000 students from dropping out. We recognise that a lack of consistent monitoring and support is a contributing factor to dropout, which is why we want to address it initially, and thus far we have been successful. Even though there has been some visible improvement in the academic performance of students attending Vidya Darshan classes, we are not claiming it entirely because the time is not right for it. We believe that we will be able to develop more educationally successful individuals from the state's tribal hamlets not sooner but more assuredly.
Recognizing the need to prepare children for high placements in competitive examinations, we provide entrance examination coaching to higher secondary students.This helps children from poor families to access quality coaching free of cost to secure their places in competitive examinations. Medical, engineering and other competitive examination training are provided in this programme.