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Gurgaon: Underprivileged students felicitated for academic performance

25 young achievers from unprivileged backgrounds were felicitated at the annual scholars’ conclave, organised by the DLF Foundation, on Monday

gurgaon Updated: Feb 27, 2017 22:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
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(From left) PK Joseph, director, DLF Foundation, Pawan Jindal, chairman, Jindal MECTEC Pvt Ltd and Vinay Sahni, CEO, DLF Foundation, with the young achievers.(HT PHOTO)

Apeksha Singh, daughter of a security guard, relived the challenges she had to overcome to realise her academic aspirations and score a CGPA (grading pattern for CBSE students) of 9.8 in the Class 10 boards. The 14-year-old was one of the 25 young achievers from unprivileged backgrounds to be felicitated at the annual scholars’ conclave, organised by the DLF Foundation, on Monday.

“It’s been a struggle for me to come this far. I come from a humble background and my parents barely had enough resources to make ends meet. However, they encouraged me to not give up on my dreams. I derived constant support and encouragement from the DLF Foundation. It gave me confidence and encouraged me to push ahead with my plans. I got my primary education from a Hindi medium school. However, I moved to an English medium school and learning the language from class 7 onwards was a challenge. I found it difficult to pick up the language and communicate in it. But I had faith in my abilities and never gave up,” Apeksha said on the sidelines of the conclave held at Ridge Valley School, DLF Phase 4 on Saturday.

“I wish to earn some day and help my family move to a bigger home. I wish to realise my father’s dreams. I also want my sisters to study hard and live their dreams,” the 14-year-old said.

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Her father Satinder Singh, who was brought to tears at the sight of her daughter taking the honour, said, “I don’t regret not having a son. I want my daughter to scale great heights in life and help us realise our dreams. Had it not been for the efforts of the DLF Foundation, we could not have borne my daughter’s academic expenses.”

Apeksha wasn’t the sole beneficiary of the Foundation’s Talent Nurturing Programme. It took 24 other underprivileged children under its wings and helped them achieve academic excellence. Among the other beneficiaries were Neena Singh, who scored a CGPA of 9.6, Akash Pal who scored 95.6% in his class 6 exam and Akshita who scored 98.2% in Class 7 exam.

“This event is part of our effort to contribute towards the welfare of the underprivileged sections. Our Talent Nurturing Programme aims at the holistic development of students through soft skills training, aptitude testing, mentoring, coaching, career guidance, performance tracking and remedial measures for continuous improvement,” PK Joseph, director, DLF Foundation, said.

The conclave is aimed at providing a platform for budding scholars to manifest their talents, award the achievers and give them the much-needed motivation, inspiration, and encouragement to realise their career aspirations.

First Published: Feb 27, 2017 22:45 IST