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Professors helping children dream big

They were a group of professors who wanted to make a meaningful contribution for needy students. Three years ago, the Paanchajanya Public Charitable Trust (PPCT) came into being to ensure a better study environment for children from economically backward families.

Now, students of two schools in Taramani and Velachery, who had no libraries and make do with damaged computers, have access to books and better computer skills.

The trust also sought the support of various individuals and corporate houses to provide toilet complexes at the schools. “These schools are in the neighbourhood of IIT, Madras (IIT-M). We started the trust to contribute in a small way to help improve the education and health care standards in our region. We have managed to launch a similar initiative at Pindaruch village, Bihar,” Shreesh Chaudhury, PPCT’s managing trustee and former IIT-M professor, says.

Contributions

With contributions coming in mainly from individuals, the trust is focussing on improving the library, toilets, and sports and computer facilities.

“We aim at improving the infrastructure in 1,000 schools at least,” Mr. Chaudhury adds. Teachers of Chennai Higher Secondary School, Taramani, said that the school, which has 1,400 students, has a dedicated staff member to maintain the cleanliness of the toilet complex.

The book collection has grown manifold.

“Some of the IIT-M students also helped the children with spoken English,” a teacher said. Soon, the children will be able to play on the sports grounds of the institute.

K. Elango, a professor of Anna University who took over as the trust’s chief coordinator on Wednesday, notes that the trust will continue to help students gain quality education.

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