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Change for the better

UZMA AUSAF

They too have a chance: students from a border village

They too have a chance: students from a border village  

Where there is a will there is a way. For students who want to make it big in life, here is an opportunity.

A few U.S.-based Indians have come up with the idea to bring about a change, a change in the lives of children who have no resources but have the will power and ambition to fulfil their dreams. They are being given a chance to study the course of their choice. All in Delhi, for deserving students.

The UBS, Upward Bound Scheme, is an organisation taking care of students who are bright but cannot study further. They take a test, and then an interview before coming up with a batch of 20. This coaching is being conducted all over India for the last two years. In Delhi, two schools are actively involved in this mission, God's Grace School and Aziz Memorial School.

"We take Rs.1000 annually per student. But electricity and water is free for students who are undergoing coaching in our school," informs Nazira Mahmood, the Principal, God's Grace School, Okhla.

"Children are being coached for Stds. IX, X, XI AND XII. After this coaching they definitely are scoring over 70-75 per cent marks. They also prepare for medical entrance exams," she adds.

Under the guidance of NRIs Khurshid Malik and Atiqur Rehman, it is aimed at helping deserving students go far. The first batch is likely to start by mid-April.

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