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On a mission to shape young minds

After the declaration of the EAMCET, Class X and the UPSC Civil Services Examination final results, the toppers are in a jubilant mood celebrating success. But what about those who failed to realise their dream of cracking the examination that defines their future?

Infusing confidence in low-scorers and letting them know that failures are a part of life, Urivi Vikram Charitable Trust (UVCT) plans to reach out to those who are unable to cope with harsh realities and encourage them to fight a relentless battle to redefine their destiny through a series of grooming sessions. The NGO, established in 1991, endeared itself to both under achievers and school dropouts alike over a couple of decades. Starting off with a centre in Delhi, the organisation has branched out to the U.S., Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Conducting outreach programmes, workshops and training sessions, UVCT intends to provide a level-playing field for under-performers. “The agenda is to identify the strength, come out with workable solutions to address challenges faced by low-scorers, chart out a road map and transform them into irreplaceable assets,” says U.N.B. Rao, retired joint commissioner of police, New Delhi, and founder-chairman of the trust. He had set up about 14 dedicated adolescent centres in memory of his only son Urivi Vikram who lost his life in a road accident.

 As part of the centre’s activities, projects such as Prerna, Shakti, Sahara and Parivartan have been initiated to empower young minds and help them achieve their goals. The recently-launched Visakhapatnam Port Trust-UVCT Adolescent Centre, Saligramapuram, will now cover various government and private schools in the neighbouring areas through its outreach programmes. “With a team of counsellors and psychologists, we would like to visit schools, interact with students, find out their challenges and offer practical remedies,” added Dr. Rao.

Urivi Vikram National Yuva Shakti Centre for rural adolescents in Kotabommali, Srikakulam, a smart study plan for aspirants appearing for competitive examinations and counselling sessions involving parents, teachers and students are some of the future endeavours of the trust.

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