Class X kids at Pathways School in Gurugram all need to do community service, i.e. a social responsibility project. Most kids do the project as an assignment and just leave. And while Tushar Mehrotra is just like most kids of his age, busy and with other things on his mind, realized he had to do more than ‘just a little bit of work.’
Tushar Mehrotra, only 15 years old, started the social responsibility project at a school in Gurugram. He began by donating books to the Sector 54 Government School and setting up a library. That was all he needed to do.
But once he became aware of how poor the school is, and how little the children have, he wanted to do more.
Even though exams were coming up and pressure for his own schoolwork mounted, Mehrotra became more immersed in giving back to society. Although people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg inspire him, closer to the home – he draws inspiration from Shiv Nadar and Azim Premji.
Though Mehrotra is not a celebrity and is just a Class X kid from Gurugram, his name stands rightly there in the list of people who have made a long-lasting difference to people’s lives.
THE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROJECT
Mehrotra set up a crowdfunding project to raise funds for books, building, and teaching. He mostly appealed to his own relatives who live abroad.
In addition to that, he also raised funds by his own, built a library, installed fans and then went one step further. Yes, he started extra English, Math and Science classes for around 300 kids at the school.
And that is not all! Mehrotra spent weekends at the school, chatting with the kids, talking about issues, debating, teaching and learning himself. In fact, the kids have learned a lot and he has learned a lot through his social responsibility project as well.
Mehrotra is very clear that giving his time and his resources have benefited him more than it has benefited the kids. We are not sure about this, but we are sure that the kids have a library and a new found love for studying, as well as a brilliant role-model and mentor.
Good work Mehrotra! May you inspire many others with your social responsibility project at the school in Gurugram.