The Telegraph
Tuesday , April 29 , 2014
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Professors to help slum kids

The summer of 2014 will be a season of learning for more than 100 slum children of Azad Basti in Ranchi’s Kantatoli.

For, they will get to brush up their spoken English skills, learn a few mathematics tricks and clear some doubts in physics. All this will happen thanks to a unique summer camp planned by Mukund Chandra Mehta, assistant professor of commerce and business management, Ranchi University, and Vinay Bharat, assistant professor of English at Marwari College.

Starting after May 20, the two professors will visit the slums on every weekend for a two-hour session during which they will guide the students from classes VIII to X.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Mehta said the month-long camp was meant for students from humble backgrounds who do not get adequate help in subjects like English, mathematics and physics.

“Such beyond classroom lessons will help these children perform better and thus encourage them to continue their education,” said Mehta.

Besides conducting these classes, the two academics have also planned to provide study materials. “The course materials will emphasise on language, skills, vocabulary and grammar. We are roping in local boys who will set up a book bank by collecting the ones that will be distributed,” said professor Vinay Bharat of Marwari College.

Besides, the two will also help the children develop a personality of their own. “We are also planning to boost leadership skills,” Bharat added.

Apart from helping these underprivileged children of Azad Basti, professors Bharat and Mehta will also offer help to a government high school in Panchi village of Ormanjahi block. “There is dearth of teachers at the government school,” said the duo.

A similar initiative has been taken Deshpriya Club and Majlish. They, too, will impart free lessons in Bengali, starting second week of May.