Stepping into the 10th year of Parikrma’s life and mission, with 9 years of thrills and challenges in our revolution for equal education, we have proved and disproved many things. We have proved that all children, irrespective of their economic background and social standing, have the same yearning to be loved and do well. We have trashed the assumption that parents from the slums are not interested in sending their children to school. All parents aspire for the best for their children and get encouraged when they see their children actually enjoying their learning. It is this experience of ours that has fortified our approach and showed great results. We are proud to say that in the last 9 years we have been able to retain our children in school, give them confidence about the future and have sent 41 children for university education. We have our children pursuing BSc. Nursing, Hotel Management, Engineering, Dental Medicine, Commerce and Science. This year one of our students has got into National Law School, which is no mean feat. Our pride does not end there. All our children have integrated well in regular colleges and many of them continue to get first classes.

So what began as a good idea with great promise has seen reality and how! Our 10 year journey has shown that we definitely have impact, and that our program is sustainable. And now we are poised to scale the Parikrma idea. We are very fortunate that the Embassy group has come forward and donated some land to us to build a Junior college and an Education Transformation Centre for teachers. We have just signed the 99 year lease deed and are getting geared up to start construction soon. The next ten years will see Parikrma leap beyond the delivery of quality education for the poor to changing the mindsets of everyone involved in education. We did not put theory into practice. We practiced first and are getting ready to deliver this alternate model. So while the debate and pain of RTE continues in the country, Parikrma has gone way ahead and enjoyed building the edifice of quality and inclusive education.

All this has been possible because of believers both outside and inside of Parikrma. I am indeed grateful to each one of them. Please continue to support us by making us financially stable and thereby ensuring that the Parikrma children unleash their potential and make a difference to the way we live.

Shukla Bose
Founder - CEO

As we enter our tenth year of operations, our two batches of children who are in college are proving that Parikrma’s revolution for equal education is paying off. We now have 41 children in mainstream colleges pursuing a variety of courses including law, medicine, engineering, commerce and hotel management.

Lalcha Dreams of Law
Every year, thousands of students across the country attempt the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) for entry into the top 14 law colleges. And every year, thousands of children fail to get admission in the colleges of their choice due to the tough competition. This year, Thangminlal Haokip, fondly called Lalcha at Parikrma, was one among 23,000 students who attempted the exam. Not only has he passed the CLAT in the top 8%, he has also made it into the best and most prestigious law school in India – the National Law School India University (NLS), Bangalore.

Lalcha comes from the small village of Churachandpur in Manipur where his father is a small shopkeeper. He came to Bangalore when he was just 8 years old, and finished the 12th grade from Parikrma two years ago. He didn’t pass the CLAT last year, but his determination impressed final year students from NLS who are part of the Increasing Diversity through Increasing Access Project. They volunteered as Lalcha’s mentors. His admission to the country’s top law college has set high standards and a wonderful example for his juniors at Parikrma. He has shown that hard work and steely determination can pay off and how! We wish Lalcha the very best in this exciting new journey he is about to begin.

Manohar and Dhanush explaining their Youtube Space Lab Challenge experiment.

Even as Lalcha has worked to get into his dream college, other Parikrma children who are in colleges as part of our Final Leap program are excelling. Santosh is Parikrma’s budding chef studying Hotel Management at Presidency College. He has completed his internship at the Leela Palace, one of Bangalore’s most luxurious 5-star hotels. He has also won several inter-college cooking competitions and awards, whipping up an exotic variety of dishes in record time.