What started as a simple school project has turned into something of real significance, courtesy Tushar Mehrotra, a class 10 student at Pathways World School, Gurgaon. When the school was ideating on a project related to social responsibility, Tushar's initial plan was to donate books to Government Primary School in Sector 54, Gurgaon. However, on witnessing the facilities and infrastructure there, he realised there was a lot more he needed to do.
In a chat with The Times of India, Tushar said,
"Initially, it was supposed to be for my school project. I just wanted to donate books, set up a library, and leave. But once I entered the school and saw the condition, I was compelled to do more."
To fund his initiative, Tushar began an online crowdfunding drive and also reached out to his relatives who stay abroad. The money has been put to use in installing fans and water purifiers. The 15-year-old also visits the school on weekends, talking to the students about current affairs and involving them in activities.
According to an Indiatimes report, Balvinder Singh, in-charge of the school, said,
"What Tushar is doing is commendable. It's not just about money or the things he is bringing but also the attention he gives the kids. Since he started coming here, the kids' interest in studies — and particularly English — has grown. They want to learn more. I wish more people followed Tushar's example."
On this day, if any of the 300 students in the school is asked what his/her favourite subject is, the answer would be 'English!' Speaking with The Times of India, Tushar said,
"When I first started my activity classes here, I asked the kids what they wanted to learn and almost all of them said 'English'. They wanted to learn but were scared of the subject as they didn't know how to go about it."