Hindustan Zinc’s pilot initiative ‘Unchi Udaan’ struck gold as three students from the program cracked the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Despite adverse economic and social backgrounds, Rani Khatik, Laxman Khateek and Sanjay Jeengar have shown the power of persistence, dedication and commitment to get into India’s most prestigious institutes in IIT.
‘Unchi Udaan’ was
initiated with education as the primary focus for rural and tribal students to
appear and get through the IITs and other prestigious Engineering Colleges in
the country. Introduced under the company’s Siksha Sambal Program the pilot
project provided free coaching to select students from 6 districts – Udaipur,
Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand & Ajmer in Rajasthan and Pantnagar in
Speaking on this achievement, Mr. Sunil Duggal – CEO,
HZL said “We take pride in congratulating India’s future
technocrats Rani, Laxman and Sanjay as they embark on a new journey being
selected for Indian Institute of Technology. The initiative Unchi Udaan which
made this possible, is very close to my heart. Through this program, we are
focused towards inclusive growth of deprived students by bringing them into
mainstream education for their bright future and ultimately contributing
towards building a progressive nation”.
‘Unchi Udaan’ does
not merely provide financial aid to these children, but cares for their
holistic development as well. Along with their academic progress, these
students have developed their personality and confidence equal to that of any
urban child. The project identifies 50 students, 50% of which are girls from a
long list of 2,000 students and these select students join the residential
program comprising 24 students in batch 1 and 26 in batch 2. The three students
that have got into IIT have been from batch 1, the 26 students from batch 2 will
be eligible to appear for the IIT exam next year.
Rani Khatik, Sanjay Jeengar, and Laxman Khateek have been inspirations and will act as role models for the communities they live in. Rani’s father left her and her mother to fend for themselves at a very young age. With almost no financial security, Rani started jobs like sewing and stitching while keeping her eyes on being educated. Under ‘Unchi Udaan’ Rani was identified as a bright girl and was given the opportunity to shine. Beating all odds, Rani is now ready to be enrolled with the IIT.
Sanjay was a boy on a
mission. He was sure to achieve his dreams with hard work, persistence and
dedication and will soon join a premier IIT. Laxman was another inspiring
student from ‘Unchi Udaan’. With his father suffering from a disability and his
mother being a housewife, it was a huge challenge for him financially as well
as on a social front. Laxman proved that these factors shouldn’t be a roadblock
between him and his bright future.
through its educational programs like Unchi Udaan, Shiksha Sambal, Yashad
Sumedha Scholarship, Scholarships & Sponsorship for higher education and
other coaching programs have always focussed on inclusive growth of students
from rural background. The company is touching the lives of more than 70,000
children through these educational initiatives.