‘Project Pustak’, an initiative inspired by the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ and ‘Padhega India, Badhega India’ campaigns, is a nation-wide service that sets up libraries in underprivileged schools, orphanages, old-age homes, and other public centres in order to promote education and learning. In line with the Sustainable Development goals set out by the United Nations, it seeks to use second-hand material and equipment to institute these libraries instead of squandering funds on purchasing such educational resources that lie unused in several households. We aspire for books to be coated in daylight and not dust, so a surplus of them in homes can be used to fill the voids that deficit and poverty leave behind.
In order to bring about this surge of change, our team has organised collection drives of second-hand books, novels, magazines and various literary journals from schools, colonies and residential spaces in more than 40 cities and is diligently setting them up in locations of the above description. We have collaborated with NGOs and various institutions to increase our reach and have over 60 ambassadors and volunteers working to this effect.
Additionally, we have even organises book-reading, poetry-recitation, dictionary-reading and similar workshops and sessions in these locations as another dimension to our work in order to make learning an enriching experience. We believe that this interaction is vital to instil an importance and sense of appreciation for education in the underprivileged community.
We thank our corporate partners for providing us with funding and operational support for this endeavour.
In order to expand this initiative, we have reached out to students pan-India and are targeting every city in the country so as to empower the underprivileged. We have already reached 40 cities in over 13 states and have had 2 international outreaches in Nepal and Azerbaijan. Our aim is to enhance the educational experience of students throughout the horizons of this country and beyond. We wish to contribute significantly to the scope of knowledge and education by broadening their insular paradigms.
Varyam Gupta is the founder and inceptor of Project Pustak.
He is a student of Class 10, currently pursuing the IGCSE curriculum at The Doon School, Dehradun. He is an all-rounded sports enthusiast and is part of his school’s Hockey team.
He is part of the editorial team of numerous publications in his school. He has a keen interest in science and economics.He is also a vivid reader and has a penchant for writing.
Varyam is an empathetic individual who believes that there is a remedy to every flaw.His vision and drive to nurture change in the world led to his formulation and orchestration of Project Pustak. All contributions have been modelled on his drive and set-up at Kanpur.
Vasvi Gupta is the founder and conceiver of Project Pustak. She is a student of Class 12, studying at Mayo College Girls’ School, Ajmer. She is the youngest poet of her city and published her book ‘Penumbras of Pain’ when she was 17.
She is an avid writer and a keen debater, having had represented her school in more than 10 national writing competitions and in over 20 national debates.
Academically, she credits herself with having secured the third highest aggregate in the ICSE examinations worldwide in the year 2017-18.
She is also a keyboard-enthusiast and is deeply driven towards music. Her penchant for books materialised into the conception of Project Pustak. She wishes to make this medium of happiness available to everyone, so as to impart them with the wings that have helped her fly.
She believes that there is potential lurking even in all fringes of the country and it can be garnered only when all communities are empowered with the resources and inspiration that is necessary for their flight. All contributions have been modelled on her drive and set-up at Varanasi.
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