SUCCESS STORY of Real Hero
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 4: Poverty brings a whole lot of problems in its train, and this is one of the reasons why children belonging to families living on the breadline are deprived of education even though they have talents like their affluent counterparts. However, sometimes such people get messiahs to bring them out of the gutter they are in.
Meet Real Hero Uttam Teron, one such messiah with a mission bringing a ray of hope among hundreds of downtrodden children through education and vocation simultaneously. Teron started his institution – Parijat Academy – at a remote village at Pamohi in 2003 with a mission. He had been fostering a big dream – imparting education to downtrodden children who usually do not get access to education due to poverty or ignorance on the part of their parents – since his boyhood. To begin with he had only four students in 2003 whom he had imparted education free of cost. Now he has over 500 students – from nursery to class X. Where does he get the wherewithal to make his noble mission stay afloat? To be precise, Teron’s is not just a mission education – it’s a blend of education and skill development. Apart from lessons of formal education to the students, he imparts them vocatiol lessons such as ceramics, tailoring, bamboo and cane wickerwork, making of vase and other household and decorative items that fetched them cash to meet the cost of their education.
Parijat Academy imparts education in three different media of instruction – Assamese, Hindi and English. The students have separate sections in accordance with their medium of instruction. It is determition and hard work that made Teron successful in running the institution, fighting all odds.
Talking to this reporter, Teron said: “Initially I had a hard time to make parents of students understand my mission. Now they’ve come to know what I intend to do. Now I’ve 512 students up to Class X. They’re doing well in education and vocatiol courses as well.”
On cash crunch, Teron said: “I did meet a Japanese tourist at Boddhgoya. I did share plight of my life with the tourist. He gave me his e-mail ID. Coming home back, I learnt using internet. I sent a mail to my Japanese friend seeking some second hand books and clothes for Parijat Academy. He responded to my plea within a month, sending books and clothes for Parijat Academy. Then I received such dotions from Singapore as well. This mission fetched me CNNIBN Real Hero Award in 2011.”