Rural “India’s Got Talent”: Lil’ ‘Spell-Bee’ champs at Akal Academy Ghugg

At age as young as 4, little rural kids of small village Ghugg in Jalandhar district demonstrated their English spelling abilityat try-outs held within the school.

In a spelling contest named ‘Spell-bee’, teams were setup into 4 houses i.e.  Ajay, Abhay, Amul & Atul House, two kids were paired in each house;they  were thrown a volley of words where the first one to correctly spell the given word would gain a point.

Spell Bee Competition at Akal Academy, GhuggTeam Abhay Houses weep the board in round one for Spell-Bee with a splendid 45 point score followed by Amul, Atulat 2nd& 3rd  with  decent 42 & 40 whilst Ajay House took the weak spot with only 30.

Round 2 saw an incredible comeback by Ajay House, moving 2 steps up from its last position to becoming the 2nd fastest Spell-beewith final score of 44, whilst House Amul won the title of be the Fastest Spell-bee of the Academy by maintaining its consistent scoring through the second round where House Abhay took all the bashing, crashing all the way from top to finish the last as House Atul managed to retain its 3rd position of round one by being quickest at the final two questions.

The winners alongside the participants were presented with different prizes; the event witnessed a great sportsmanship coming forth from these young rural kids who looked perfect future challengers for mainstream competitions.

~ Ramandeep Singh,
~ New Delhi, 11th Sep ’13

Eye of the Tiger: Village Gomti’s young Yuvraj roars with All India Rank 18 for Indian Army

In today’s Super Story in on going Special Week on ‘#PositiveInspirations’ across Akal Academies, which have made it Super Big, we are covering the story of a ‘Born Tough’ army man in the making; Yuvraj Singh. He has currently been recruited as a CADET at NDA (National Defence Academy) for a specialized 5 yr. Army training in Kharagwasla, Pune.

Yuvraj Singh

Scoring an A-1 in all his subjects, Yuvraj Singh, 17, after his 10+2, was determinedly prepared & cracked his way through the most diversely competitive & tough NDA (National Defence Academy) entrance examination. Out of the more than two lakh candidates that appeared in NDA, Yuvraj shined bright, securing an All India Rank–18 and interestingly, he also cleared Indian Navy entrance.

His success is being seen as highly commendable for a village boy from Gomti, especially competition being amongst candidates coming from reputed Army & Public schools of the cities.

Yuvraj Singh, an inhabitant from village Gomti was born to Mr. Ashok Kumar and Mrs. Hemlata, who originally came from Punjab, but moved to the village with their little Yuvraj to work for a noble cause of Rural Education at Akal Academy since 1998, as Teachers.
Then it was at Akal Academy where the parents decided to bring up his education alongside other kids, where Mr. Kumar teaches English as a Senior Secondary Teacher, while his wife taught Social Science until she was promoted & transferred to Akal Academy, Kajri recently as the Principal.

Yuvraj’s preparations to enter army, roots back to his childhood days at school when his father along side his job, started influencing, training & mentoring him with the dynamics of Army& its entrance exam requirements. He tried preparing him onto following the cult tradition, which their family has patronized for years.

It was revealed that this was the biggest & the only challenge that Yuvraj grew up with, which not only bore the load of living up to the expectations of his Dad, butthe hopes of entire family chain itself. In fact, his Dad himself trained for the Army but could not get a chance to serve due to some medical issues & was offered to serve Police Force at Indo-Tibet border before he decided to join Akal Academy so he could prepare his son Yuvraj Singh to achieve the dream for him.

At this rural School, the well-made timetable and quality education helped Yuvraj to not only march his way through academics all by himself, but also to maintain his upkeep at almost every sports activity. He accepted all challenges whilst also keeping his affinity to writing articles in an evolving editorial mode; many of his writings have been regularly published in ‘Competition Success’, a widely popular monthly magazine.

At present,Yuvraj is invariably engaged with his training under NDA’s strict regime; unaware & undisturbed about the happenings of the normal world, having absolute isolation & zero connection to the outside world. For the matter of fact, cadets under training have no permission to keep mobile phones or using internet and even the TV sets are not provided. As for traveling purposes,it’s no worldly vehicles or motorbikes, but the Army cycles. Unlike soldiers, Yuvraj too, no matter how young he is;rules bear no exception for him; he is only permitted to visit or see his family only during vacations!

We, members of Akal Academy & the Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib team, sincerely thank Mr. Ashok Kumar (Yuvi’s Father) for providing us with all the inputs about Yuvraj’sjourney.

We extend our gratitude to Yuvraj’s parents forthe benevolence, the courage &the determinationwith which they have been consistently serving the society and bringing up a child so bright,who’s all set to serve the entire nation.

Aspirations are many, Inspirations are some!LieutenantYuvraj Singh, you make us proud!

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~ Ramandeep Singh,
~ New Delhi, 11th Sep ’13

Akal Academy Ellenabad : Little Young Kids & their Big celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib’s Prakash Utsav.

Reports about massive celebrations across different Akal Academies on the occasion of Pratham Prakash Utsav of  Sri Guru Granth Sahib kept coming in all through the last week.

Akal Academy, Village Ellenabad, celebrated this day with full gusto, where young students coming from classes 2nd to 5th devoutly prepared and performed Kirtan, Kavitas, Dharmic Choreography, Dharmic Geets to contribute towards the celebrations at the school. Fifteen Akhand Path Sahibs were observed at the Academy and its Samapti Bhog happened on the same day. It’s incredible to find so much enthusiasm prevailing among the young rural kids of villages, which was unimaginable, thanks to the efforts of Principal Sukhjeet Kaur who was personally looking after all details.

Reverence for these young kids & their serene spirit!

~ Deeksha Singh,
~ New Delhi, 10th Sep ’13

Akal Academy, Ellanabad

Punjab & Sind Bank supports Akal Academies with Swiss made Ultra Filtration Water Treatment Plants under CSR initiative

In a measure to combat problem related to shortage & cleanliness of drinking water, which has become a major national concern countrywide, Akal Academies have started installing heavy-duty Swiss made Ultra-filtration water treatment plants in their rural schools.

Implementation of the Water Purification Systems The project implementation of these state-of-the-art purification systems is sponsored & supported by Punjab & Sind Bank, taken up as a measure under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). After PFC and SJVN, PSB has been quite sympathetic to the needs of rural India in their CSR spends by holding hands for The Kalgidhar Trust in their noble mission of ‘Rural Transformation’.

The current project is aimed at covering 4 Akal Academies viz. Chunni Kalan, Reethkheri, Balbehra and Baru Sahib.The first phase of the project saw its successful completion on 8th Sept when the first state-of-art Swiss Plant was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner, Mohali, Mr. T.P.S. Sidhu at Akal Academy, Chunni Kalan.

“Problem of pollution is affecting every aspect of our life & environment, because of which several deadly diseases are spreading. Water is most critical need of every being & since polluted water is contaminating clean drinking water, the water-borne diseases have grown deadly,” stated DC Mr.Sidhu, “I also appreciate Akal Academies’ system of providing higher-education blended with spirituality to the students.”

In our country, every year, an estimated 3.77 crore people fall prey to water-borne diseases, in which the count of children remains very high, stated Mr. Iqbal Singh Bhatia, GM Punjab & Sind Bank, who presided over the inauguration event.

~ Ramandeep Singh
~ New Delhi, 10th Sep ’13

Ajit

Flight Safety is his Dream! – The Rainbow is in his reach

Today we are bringing to you the success story of an Aircraft Engineer belonging to village Cheema, Punjab, a man who now makes sure that a lot of us people fly safe out there.

So far he has served as an Aircraft Engineer  with two companies namely Pawan Helicoptor (Mumbai) & is currently working with Global Vectra HeliCorp Ltd. since last 6 months. He passed from Akal Academy in 2007 with flying colors and there is no looking back for him. Students like him are an inspiration!

Flight Safety is his Dream! Born in a typical farmer family, Sandeep Singh grew up in conditions no a typical from others at his village. In an exclusive interview with us we learnt about his journey from drug-ridden village atmosphere to his present day city life.  How he managed to reach the milestone where he is standing right now feeling all proud and content. He is working for a reputed helicopter making company as an Air-craft engineer, keeping a check on the maintenance of Air-Choppers ensuring flight safety.

Sandeep recalls about his childhood with his fascination about air-planes & helicopters he used to curiously watch like most of the kids, but revealed that it’s the gift of education that his grieved farmer father could barely afford amid financial crunch & family dispute over lands that still prevails.

“Everything connects like dots that somehow shaped up my affinity to aerial crafts into reality as a career at this point, from getting inclined towards schooling at Akal Academy luckily, staying clean off from the drug menace that kept most of the youth drained & wasted, to being able to explore my brain at school, getting enough marks,helped me in pursuing Aircraft maintenance at university in Patiala and help me shape my wings to fly ahead.” says, Sandeep,  developed a strong belief in his religion as he grew up with  Akal Academy, Cheema.

Some of the interesting things we came to know about Sandeep while talking to him.

Q) Tell us about your family & support?
A) If there is one person who motivated me all through and helped me with the missing motivation in me, is my father. Facing the similar situations like any other farmer about which you read in newspapers, my father never ever made me feel what he was going through. I know how he managed to afford my studies amidst the turmoil all around him. He is the same till now, doing good for others and keeping me away from the family disputes.

Q) How true are the reports about drug abuse they talk about in villages of Punjab?
A) It is a sad reality and can be seen very much prevalent even today. I find situation no better if not worse than before sinceI spend my  vacations with the family here in the village.Akal Academy till now is the only school I see in the village. Other than this there is no safe haven at the village levels even after all these years. Akal Academy is a blessing for all in my village for more reasons than one.

Q) Who have been your mentors/teachers or people who guided you to the right path?
A)  Like I said, my father has my life support and my school  principal Renu Goyal, who I think played a wonderful role in motivating students explicating importance & need of education & values had a deep impact on me.

Q) How different do you feel about yourself now, compared to life you saw & lived then?
A) I feel lucky to have been able to level up myself with education “Je pardey na te pind vich odan hi reh jaandey, baar di duniya na dekh sakni si, na pata lagna si kade kuch, mainu sab ton vaddi khusi ehi lagdi hai”

Q) What change do you wish to see or bring in the society, especially at village?
A) Awareness & understanding is lacking, one reason for which I feel we find lot of kids not taking up schools. Having spent time at village now,I realize that they know about education & its importance up to some extent,  thanks to media but the subtle problem I see is lack of guidance & awareness of opportunities after schooling. A lot of youth find no meaning in life after schooling, & eventually, in no time they fall back into the web of village life perplexities. So I try my best at  the individual level to counsel them as much & as many young people I come in contact with.

Q) Any message for other students & youth at village?
A) Put yourself into studies while you have time since farming is losing its ground, concentrate more on getting good marks, once you have it with you, you will find a gateway to a world of interesting & never-before seen opportunities welcoming you at your doorstep. Sports also are a good option, even commercially, if you get yourself really good at any. Akal Academy is workingon the talents that we have at schools. The school is well equipped with the facilities to bring out talent and nurture students. Wait and watch!

Q) Any message for Parents at villages?
A) Pay attention towards educating your children, opportunities don’t differentiate between a girl ora boy, so educate them both equally. Most importantly, it’s the call of the hour to understand the importance of spirituality & religion, they shape up your life in the best way,ensure ” ki tusi ya tuhade bache kisi vi dhongi saadhaan de chakar vich na paon te dhyan sirf hor sirf Guru Granth Sahib de dikhaye rastey te rakho is naal positive thinking te success milegi”.

Keep reading and stay updated with such talents, from Akal Academy right here!

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Card Making Workshop: Brushing craftsmanship of budding Rural artists

Pictures from a recent Card Making workshop organized at Akal Academy in village Uddat Saidewala
where children from class 5th & 6th got their chance to showcase their creative side.
Akal Academy, Uddat Saidewala
Did You Know ?
During the early stages of secondary level schooling a child’s brain has highest prospects of acquiring & developing artistic skills under its natural process of building up areas of interest for itself.
Creative Card making is one of the key extra-curricular activities that are undertaken at post-primary class levels to inspire, encourage & identify budding artisans amongst kids.

~ Deeksha Singh

~ New Delhi, 8th Sep ’13

Akal Academy Nursery Girl shines at Fatehgarh Sahib Jodh Mela

At the yearly fair of Fatehgarh Sahib, popularly known as “Jodh Mela” of “Chote Sahibzade” amongst locals, Gurmannat Kaur, a nursery student from Majri Akal Academy stole the show; the carnival hosted a creative stage performance competition for young children where participants from across 129 Akal Academies competed amongst several children to showcase their creativity & talent.

Akal Academy, MajriThere were speeches, debates & several other stage performances signifying the spirit & caliber of young kids. The profound speech delivered by young Gurmannat Kaur professing the importance of hair was observed as the most exquisite. Along with highlighting references from ‘Gurbani,’ she surprised everyone with her strong & mature words of satire over the trending self-obsessive lifestyle that is keeping the youth at bay from the path of spirituality.

Although Akal Academy at Ambala (Majiri) is just a year old, the first prize in the competition be speaks well for the aptitude & competency, the school is fostering its children with.

Want to contribute for a cause? Share a smile with the rural kids here – www.DeedaDay.in

~ Ramandeep Singh
~ New Delhi, 7th Sep ’13

A year old and 400+ Students – Akal Academy Majri sets the pace

Just 12 kms through rural winding roads from the GT Road near Ambala, stands a modest yet proud institution at village Majri; that has turned many a heads. The Kalgidhar Trust’s Akal Academy Majri, Ambala has set a new benchmark by reaching strength of 400+ students within first year of its inception. Akal Academy, MajriThe Majri rural school is also one of the youngest & first amongst all 129 academies to have reached this record figure; having brought so many rural & under-privileged rural children to school in its debut year. The school runs on value-based education system which is unique & first of its kind in the rural education sector in India. The Trust has embarked upon an aggressive target of setting up 500 such schools, covering almost every remote village in North India by 2020.

The Akal Academygroup of Schools since its inception in 1986 until now, has grown from a single class room School to 129 rural Schools spread over five North Indian states andhas been a fore-runner to impart quality education that focuses on transforming a child’s personality, not only academically but also, spiritually.

The beaming Principal – Ms. Satinder Kaur, added “Such love shown by the parents and the trust imposed on us motivates us to step ahead and do the unsaid to bring a positive change in the lives of the rural kids.”

Want to do your bit? Pick a child and sponsor his/her study here – (www.DeedaDay.in)

~ Ramandeep Singh
~ New Delhi, 6th Sep ’13

Village Dhanal Kalan ‘Paints It Green’ with Akal Academy Students

Akal Academy, Dhanal Kalan

As a part of their learning, students of Akal Academy, Dhanal Kalan woke up to nature’s beckoningand celebrated Van-Mahostav in high spirits. To spread awareness and to do their bit in bring a positive change, students, teachers and the staff members of the rural school together planted more than a hundred saplings.

Van-Mahotsav, observed through the months of July-August across the Nation, helps spread awareness amongst people about the harm caused by the cutting down of trees whilst explicating the importance of trees through exhibiting demonstrations & planting of saplings.

The event was organized in association with volunteers from Rotary Club Jalandhar Central.

As a matter of fact; 79 students from Jalandhar city travel each day to study at AA DhanalKalan, situated in a village.

Reverse Brain Drain, eh!

~ Deeksha Singh,
~ New Delhi, 6th Sep ’13

Wave of ‘Divine Purification’ strikes village Bhariyal Lehri, Gurdaspur: 161 kids initiated to Khalsa Brotherhood

For a second time in the month of August, the Divine wave of ‘Amrit Sanchar’ continues its spiritual transformation spree, serving even more beings than the previous serve of 81 kids & parents at Akal Academy, Tibber last week.

Amrit SancharIn the mass initiation ceremony held at Akal Academy, village Bhariyal Lehri, Gurdaspur, a blessed group of 161 young Sikh kids received the shower of Almighty’s “Khande Da Pahul” following the traditional rites through ‘Panj Pyaras” as professed by the ‘The Kalgidhar’,  Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji himself. Literally, Amrit is combination of two words i.e. ‘Am-Mrit’. ‘Marit’ means death-mortality and Am-Mrit means immortal, which never dies.

The event was organized in the light of  a value-based education system followed by Akal Academies where the focus upon instilling human values amongst children alongwith modern education is considered as an integral part of schooling and where students belonging to Sikh faith are dutifully prepared over time to take on ‘Amrit’ & lead a life of a true learner while others learn to relate to Sikhism as an epitome of all religions.

Student across Akal Academies, irrespective of their faith, culture or religion are inculcated with spiritual & humanistic values by relating to universal teachings from respective religions and they are taught to diligently follow their own religions with complete respect and tolerance for other religions. They go hand in hand with Sri Guru Granth Sahib, with a vision to promote peace & oneness.

~ Ramandeep Singh
~ New Delhi, 3rd Sep 2013