Education has always been the most important aspect of young Nikita Krishna More’s life.
A Class 9 student of the Swa. Shantaram Shankar Jadhav New English School in Palchil village, Raigad, Maharashtra, Nikita aspires to become a doctor, and this is the only way she can achieve her dream.
However, the physical distance between the school and her home is a massive hurdle; one that she was used to crossing on foot, by walking 14 kilometres every single day.
Despite the struggle, her parents, who are paddy farmers, could not afford to provide her with an alternative form of transport.
So, Nikita continued walking and remained undaunted by the distance and the dense forests filled with wild animals and reptiles.
Every day, at 8.45 am sharp, she would embark on a 2-hour-long walk to the school, which begins at 10.45 am. Saturdays were particularly exhausting for her, as the school begins at 8 am, and to reach she would have to leave home at 6 am.
However, Nikita’s difficulties were soon about to end.
Deeply moved after reading about her daily ordeal in a news daily, Anirudhha Deshpande, the MD of City Corporation Pvt Ltd., a Pune-based company, gifted her an electric bicycle.
In a statement released by City Corporation, Anirudhha said, “I was very impressed and inspired by Nikita’s love for education. Her determination to walk 14 km daily and that too through the forest area, all to attend the school is commendable. I hope that this electric bicycle will motivate her and will make her journey more comfortable.
Manufactured by Nibe Motors, a Nashik-based automobile company, this cycle can be fully charged in 2 hours and runs for 100 km, at a speed of 25 km per hour.
It comes with a user-friendly carrier charger and can be used as a regular bicycle when it is not charged.
Nikita was accompanied by her mother Rajeshri, brother Nivesh, and headmistress Vinita Pawar, when she visited Pune on January 25 to receive the gift.
“While walking to school, sometimes I get to see wild boars and snakes in the forest. Although it makes me afraid, it is the thought of my school and education that keeps me moving forward,” said Nikita in a statement.
“This is a big help. It will always remind me to put in my best to study hard and pursue my dream. I never thought that people would help me,” she added while speaking to TOI.
Later, she also received another cycle by Vidwat Prakash Chitre, a senior manager with Cummins India Limited in Kothrud, as an encouragement to study further.
According to her headmistress, Nikita is an exemplary student. “From her grades to her attitude towards education, it’s all very impressive. She never let her problems get in the way of her studies, and that is something which has inspired many teachers and her classmates, especially girls.”
All the best, Nikita. May you succeed in all your endeavours!
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)