Vision without Action is merely a dream. Action without Vision just passes Time. Vision with action can change the World. — Joel A. Barker
Area 15, Round Table India handed over Sane Guruji’s, Adarsh Vidyamandir’s FTE Block Project at Bhekrai Nagar, Pune District, on 29th June 2017.
‘One Area, One School’ – was the vision of our Area Chairman, Tr. Abhishek More for the Tabling year 2016-2017.
The groundwork for this began earlier in the year when we visited the school and learnt that they had to refuse admission to close to 100 students due to lack of classrooms and it was then more or less then decided then that we will take up this school as our Area FTE project along with a Toilet Block this year.
In Square Leg, Romel Bhog, our Area Chairman found an ardent believer that a first of a kind Area School can actually become a Reality. He used his good offices and persevered for months with M/s. Bajaj Auto Ltd. and made them believe that we at RTI are capable of delivering beyond their expectations.
The result was a sanction of a whopping Rs. 50 Lacs as grant for 2 pilot projects. Rs. 30 Lacs was earmarked for the Area School. We also discussed with the trustees of the school and ensured that they support us by funding close to 20% of the estimated costs of the project.
With support of our donors M/s. Bajaj, NNBS and the local community, and armed with the allotment letter received by RTI we undertook the brick laying ceremony with added vigour on 23rd March 2017.
Area 3 IPC, NEC, Tr. Hitesh Kering alias ‘Captain’ alias ‘Popeye’ was given the responsibility to execute this project and he committed that he will complete this project within 90 days, even though there was construction of 2 slabs, a toilet block, and repairing & painting the entire school. “Jab ‘Popeye’ commitment karta hai tho who kisi ki bhi nahi sunta” and standing true to his commitment, the FTE block was inaugurated by Mr. Pankaj Ballabh – GM, CSR, Bajaj Auto Ltd. & Tr. Kaj Kostiander, Round Table International President (2016-2017) in the presence of Tr. Manpreet Singh Raja, National President, Round Table India, Tr. Moriya Phillip, NPC, Round Table India, Cr. Shweta Vohra, Area 3, Chairperson, Ladies Circle India, Tr. Abhishek More, Chairman, Area 15, Round Table India, Sq. Leg Romel Bhog, the entire headboard of Area 15 and many other Tabler’s from all the other tables, on 29th June 2017. Special mention about the most committed fellow Area 15 has ever had the one and only one Tr. Kirti Ruia who was there for every possible site visit and paperwork… an unsung hero who always shy’s away from recognition’s.
Though the construction was completed in record time, the work undertaken was of the highest quality. Some of the critical components of the project are hereunder:
· The construction was Vastu compliant, thereby helping cross ventilation and natural light in the classrooms.
· Column Concrete was of M30 grade and Slab concrete constructed was M20 grade.
· PCC Work was done in a significant area keeping in mind future maintenance and use.
· 6” Ultratech AAC blocks were used keeping in mind the load of future extensions.
· LED light fittings and branded switches in all classrooms and passages.
· Special Asian Paint’s APEX exterior all weather paint, which should last 7-8 years.
· 8 feet wide passages and staircase for comfortable entry and exit.
· Powder coated aluminium sliding windows.
· Apart from tremendous branding on the boundary wall and building outside, all classrooms have the RTI logo on an ACP sheet above the green boards provided by us.
· Artistic graffiti work undertaken in the passages to encourage students to learn important facets of education using the BaLA i.e. Building as a Learning Aid Concept.
We have already started seeing the ripple effects of the work done by us as even though the handover has only happened on the 29th of June, the school has admitted close to 300 new students and we have received multiple requests to execute similar projects in close by areas and this is being considered a ‘Model/Adarsh’ FTE Block.
It was extremely fulfilling to see the happiness of the management, teachers and the school children and they had arranged a wonderful program honouring all dignitaries during the handover ceremony.
Round Table India through Area 15 has been able to impact the school children positively, in the areas close by, for years to come.
In addition to the above, members of the M/s. Bajaj Auto team were so impressed that after checking the quality of the work done at the school, they have sanctioned close to Rs. 2.1 Crores for an additional 12 more schools with RTI. Cementing RTI’s bond with M/s. Bajaj Auto is the most important development post the handover ceremony.
“A School is a building with 4 walls and the Future Inside.”