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Rajasthan: Govt school alumnus sponsors principal, staffers’ holiday

In an unusual act of gratitude, a former student decided to bankroll holiday trips of hsi school’s principal and all other staff members.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2017 15:30 IST
Salik Ahmad
Salik Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Sponsored holiday,Rajasthan govt school,Kamal Poddar
Kamal Poddar, former student of the Seth Durgadutt Jatiya Government Senior Secondary School, Jhunjhunu, with Principal Kamlesh Tetarwal.(HT Photo)

It’s gurudakshina with a difference.

In an unusual gift, an alumnus of a government school in Jhunjhunu is sending the principal of the school on a 10-day Dubai tour. The remaining school staff, including clerks and peons, has the option of going to Goa, Manali, Mumbai or any other place in the country.

Kamal Poddar, a chartered accountant and owner and managing director of a Mumbai-based financial services firm called Choice International Limited, studied at the Seth Durgadutt Jatiya Government Senior Secondary School, Jhunjhunu, from 1991 to 1997, the principal of the school, Kamlesh Tetarwal said. Tetarwal was a teacher in the school from 1994 to 1996 and then came back as the principal in 2015.

On his return to the school, he started roping in school alumni and locals to generate funds for the development of the school. Poddar who was one of the alumni contacted by the principal for funds, readily gave Rs 5 lakh for the repair and paint of the entire school building, the principal said.

Later, Poddar paid an additional Rs 2 lakh which was used for publicizing the school. The enrolment went up from 350 in 2015 to 750 in 2017.

Poddar was felicitated at a function in the school last year where he announced that teachers of classes that give over 90% results in boards will be given a tour package to Goa. The school delivered 100% results in Class 10 and Class 12 (across three streams of science, arts and commerce).

Impressed with the result, Poddar, during his visit to the school in August this year, announced that he would sponsor a three-day trip of all the staff in the school to any place in the country. There are 26 employees in the school including the principal, 19 teachers, 3 clerks and 3 peons.

“For me, he said, I could go to any place in the world for 5-10 days. I could not go to any place till now because the classes in the school were going on,” Tetarwal said. “Recently, Poddar bought a new home in Dubai, where he already has an office, and invited me there. So I am going there with my wife for ten days on Friday. The school is also off for Diwali.”

Poddar also gave cash prizes between Rs 5,000 and Rs 21,000 to meritorious students of the school and 20 gram silver coins to the school staff in August.

First Published: Oct 09, 2017 15:13 IST