Amit Baraikar is among the 44 students from naxal affected areas in Gadchiroli district, who was adopted and brought to the city based school for further education by an NGO in 2010. Today, Amit and other four including three girl students' families are proud of their children. All these five students have secured distinction in Secondary School Certification (SSC) Exam.
In 2010, the city based NGO Lokseva Pratishtan, founded by Deepak Paigude had adopted 44 students from several naxal affected villages in Gadchiroli district, as education of the students was affected due to the naxal activities.
While speaking to dna, Paigude said that the home minister of the state and guardian minister of Gadchiroli district, RR Patil had come with a project, where he had appealed various NGOs and corporates to adopt these students for their education."We then decided to adopt some of the kids from these villages and enrolled them in the Pratishtan's Netaji SubhashChandra Bose Military High School and Lokseva English Medium school in Fulgaon, near Pune," he said.
These 44 students were from Class V to Class VIII when they were brought here and out of these 44, five students had appeared for the SSC examination and all of them had excelled in the exams by securing distinctions. Apart from Amit who has scored 88.40 per cent, Rasika Jamkatan (82.02 %), Rashmi Urade (78.80 %), Ankita Chaudhary (76%) and Kiran Gunda (59.80%) have made their teachers, parents proud by coming from a adverse condition and excelling in academics.
While speaking to dna, Amit said that the village in Gadchiroli district where he used to live with his family, was affected by naxal activities and due to that his education was affected.
"There was no proper communication available to go to the school, as the school was situated far from his village and there was always a fear of naxalite attack," said Amit.
Speaking about his success and the future plan, Amit said that when he came to the school, he was very scared, however, with the help of teachers at the school, he managed to score good marks. He said that he would like to go for medical studies and become a doctor. "I have a dream to open a centre for cancer patients, who are from weaker section," he said.