Pupils from rural schools in Telangana excel in studies with Aksharamaala

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Aksharamaala, a free online learning initiative of Aksharadaan, was launched in 2020 during the pandemic by Sangareddy’s Supplementary Collector for pilot implementation. Since then, IIT Hyderabad has extended its unwavering academic and strategic support. From 1,500 students from 35 schools in Sangareddy at its inception, the program has now reached 6,000 students from 120 public schools in four districts. Aksharamaala provides them with academic support in the form of online teaching videos, academic coaching, career guidance and mentoring.

One of Aksharamaala’s programs is Connect with Gems provides online math and physics coaching to students by brilliant engineering students as an NSS activity. 125 volunteers from 12 engineering schools contributed 5,000 hours of coaching 350 students using this platform. 30 nationally eminent personalities gave 16 career guidance and motivational lectures. In addition to providing impactful academic services during the pandemic (lockdowns and beyond), the initiative has instilled in students a mindset to aim high, think big, and plan along the way. . The Aksharamaala Program 2nd Anniversary function is organized to congratulate deserving students with cash prizes and certificates of appreciation to volunteers and participating institutions.

Professor BS Murty, in his welcome address, congratulated Dr MSR Murthy for this wonderful initiative and said, “IITH is delighted to support the Aksharamaal initiative since its inception, and I am grateful to our students who are manifested for this noble cause. Integral growth is what we should all aspire to. Each of us who is a little more gifted should see that everyone around us grows with us. The IITH has installed projectors and LCD screens in five adopted government schools in nearby villages. Our faculty, staff, and students teach math, physics, chemistry, and biology to schoolchildren to strengthen their foundations and inspire them to become not just IIT students, but long-term IIT teachers.

On the occasion, Prof. Katta Narasimha Reddy, Vice Chancellor, JNTU, the distinguished guest of the function, highlighted the role of tertiary institutions in improving the educational standards of their surrounding villages. He also announced the extension of 20,000 notebooks from the JNTU Free Notes Distribution Program to Professor Murty, IITH Director and Dr. MSR Murthy, President Aksharamaala, for distribution to needy students.

Dr. MSR Murthy, Aksharamaala in his report mentioned that based on the success of the pilot study in Sangareddy, SCERT, Govt. of Telangana piloted the model in 3 new districts (Mancherial, Nagarkurnool and Siddepet districts) in 2021-22; and now proposes to expand to 6 more districts in Telangana, in coordination with SCERT, Govt. of Telangana, IIT Hyderabad and various other engineering colleges.

Sri Vijaya Kumar, District Scientific Officer, Sangareddy, commended Akasaramaala’s efforts and assured the department’s full support. A cash award of Rs 5000 was also awarded to 5 students without parents/single parents for achieving 100% marks in Mathematics in the SSC board examination. 60 volunteers and 12 participating institutions were congratulated.

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