He is the son of a rickshaw puller. Amidst all odds, he was able to pull himself out of poverty and get himself a seat in the esteemed Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow. And today, as he stands on the precipice of graduating the renowned institute, Yogendra Singh is already working out ways he can help his community back home in Jharkhand.
As he readies himself for a new job that he has lined up for himself in Pune, Yogendra has set into motion a system to help those in his village in Medininagar by starting a society for educational development in the village.
The goal is to help children who can potentially break from their circumstances and find success through education. Just like he did.
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Through this society, he organises competitions in essay writing, general knowledge and even on public speaking to help inculcate a love for knowledge. He also plans on training teachers in the area to help improve the quality of education in the local schools.
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Speaking to the Hindustan Times, he spoke about what he intends to do in the future. He insists, “Our society will now conduct a general aptitude test for counselling of students from Class 8 onwards. I am doing my bit to motivate children for learning.”
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Yogendra came into national prominence in 2015 when he was able to crack his CAT exams and secure a seat in one of the IIMs. In his life, he has grazed cattle and milked cows to help his family. It was through his own determination that he was able to secure a place in an engineering college to study further and even then he could only graduate by borrowing a laptop from a relative.
He beat the odds and now he wants to teach others to do the same.
He can be contacted here