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From Sify’s CFO training 75,000 CA aspirants to an ex-naval officer working on better food security, here are top stories of the week

Do you want to know about the man striving to prepare thousands of CA aspirants every day? Or read about Namrata Jain, a UPSC topper from Naxal-hit Dantewada? We bring you some of our top stories from SocialStory this week that left our readers feeling inspired.

Krishna Reddy
13th Apr 2019
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Preparing over 75,000 young CA aspirants for exams as well as for life


Besides JEE mains for engineering and NEET for medical colleges, the CA entrance exam is touted as one of the toughest exams to crack. However, for many aspirants in Chennai, there is a messiah in the form of 49-year-old MP Vijay Kumar.


MP Vijay Kumar.

The CFO of Sify Technologies addresses a large gathering of students, who assemble at the break of dawn every day near the famous Mylapore tank of Chennai.


First woman topper in UPSC exam from Naxal-hit Dantewada


Namrata celebrating her success with the villagers

Every year, lakhs of youngsters pin their hopes on cracking the prestigious Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam. While not many succeed, Namrata Jain did. Recently securing an all India Rank of 12, Namrata is one of a kind. What makes her different? She is the first woman from the region to clear these exams. Know how Namrata managed to prepare for her exams here.


Meet Kanishak, the UPSC topper from IIT Bombay


Kanishak Kataria, source The Indian Express

Millions of students across India prepare for exams such as JEE, NEET, and UPSC. But only a lucky few crack one of them - let alone two! Joining the list this year is IIT-Bombay graduate Kanishak Kataria, who topped the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination. Previously working as a Data Scientist with Samsung in South Korea, Kanishak had opted for Mathematics for the civil service’s exam.


Former naval officer is on the warpath for better food security with hydroponics


The average size of cultivable land in India has been shrinking year on year in the recent past. The arable land holding in the country decreased from 1.15 hectares in 2010-11 to 1.08 hectares in 2015-16.


CV Prakash

To battle the odds, (Retd.) Lt Cdr CV Prakash is teaching farmers and students about hydroponics to improve food security in India.


Prakash set up PetBharo Project in 2008, which engaged people in soil-less cultivation of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Know more about Prakash’s initiative here.


Know how alternative livelihood options are empowering female sex workers


In India, women enter sex work due to poverty and limited economic opportunities. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are historically known for high HIV prevalence and a large number of female sex workers (FSW).


For FSWs, complete dependence on sex work as the only source of income breeds financial insecurity and stress, which, in turn, increase the possibility of unsafe sexual practices, leading to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and even exposure to sexual and physical violence.


To make sure that FSWs have an alternative option to secure their future, the Avahan-III programme (2014-17) in its last phase of the intervention is assisting in building the capacities of community organisations.



Also read: From free medical care for beggars to students developing devices for visually impaired people, here are the top social stories you should not miss


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