Why volunteer?

Nervous new students and proud parents sit in rows and are welcomed by the inspirational dean.  We are at a world-class university, with a strong reputation and great outcomes for alumni. A final polite request was given to parents: please avoid WhatsApping your children – and emailing professors – during classes.  Give students their independence and trust the faculty. Our student’s mother was not in…

The Parikrma Festival of Science 2019

Two hundred students from schools in Bangalore including 7 government schools get an opportunity to understand wildlife and conservation, its multiple facets first-hand through leading scientists of the city! For the very first time… A Nobel Laureate visited and interacted with our children! Professor Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is an American and British structural biologist of Indian origin. He was elected President of the Royal Society…

A world full of stories

I remember when I was a little girl in school, we would have speakers who would come and tell us about their work. On one such occasion, I got the chance of listening to an environmental engineer who was in the team that cleaned up Powai Lake in Mumbai. She took us through her experiences in cleaning the lake. She spoke to us about the…

Innovations Conclave 2019

Innovations Conclave 2019 Under the aegis of Global Citizenship Education, a collaborative initiative between Parikrma Humanity Foundation & Tata Communications, through Innovations Conclave we want to attempt reversing thinking trends across schools. Last year, being the first ever event, saw active participation of 45 schools in Bangalore, this year we have 83 applications and we are thrilled. Schools from Pune, Dharmapuri, Dubai and London are…

The successful GoFundMe project

In September 2017, after our house got flooded by Hurricane Irma, I quickly realized that my plans to attend the World Youth Championship in Uruguay were over. I remember being very disappointed. However, as our friends helped us recover over the next several weeks, that disappointment gradually gave way to relief and finally gratitude. When the news on TV laid bare the extent of human…

On the National Education Policy

New Education Policy Ever since the draft National Education Policy, 2019, was released on May 31, we have read many comments in the media by erudite scholars. What has been discussed is the framework and the structure of the policy, but not its spirit. Educators with great experience, some of whom I know personally, have crafted this policy. It is sad that some regions have…

Case study

Driving Change in Behaviour Management It was Monsoon of 2018 when I traveled to the city of Bangalore, India under the Market Research Society of India’s The Community Program (TCP), an initiative designed to give back to the community by offering world-class research and insights to small organisations which work for social causes at grass-root level. The task was unusual but interesting. Parikrma Foundation is…

Gems beneath the rot

There are some days in your life that re-ignite belief in what you do. Yesterday was one such day. It will stay etched in my memory to revisit whenever I feel low. And in my kind of work such days are not rare. After 15 years of successfully running 4 schools and college for marginalized children, Parikrma began training teachers from 330 government schools. Seeing…