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Vigyan Ashram


Location : Maharashtra

Partner Since : 12-12-2014

Founder : Dr. S.S Kalbag

About Vigyan Ashram

Vigyan Ashram is a center of Indian Institute of Education (IIE) Pune. A scientist turned educationalist Late Dr. S. S. Kalbag started Vigyan Ashram in 1983 to find out solution to problems in education.
Vigyan Ashram is experiment oriented and works towards rural development through work centric educational system. It is an effort to impart scientific temperament to people by demystifying science and technology and empowering people to find solutions to their own problems.
Developing entrepreneurial skills is an important part of this educational system.
‘Learning while doing’ and ‘Multi skill training’ prepares a person for the real life situation. Vigyan Ashram believes that if these principles are incorporated in the formal schooling system, education could be more relevant and meaningful. The IBT (Introduction to Basic Technology) program evolved by Vigyan Ashram is adopted by more than 122 high schools –across 4 states in India. To increase the pace and quality of our education delivery system, ashram adopted new information technology. Many Govt and Private organizations and individual donors support the programs of ashram.
Vigyan Ashram is located in village Pabal approx 70 kms from Pune. Pabal is drought prone and its truly representative Indian village. Idea of establishing Vigyan Ashram at Pabal can be replicated in any part of the country.
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Jayesh Dhayerkar is a 20-year-old young man who hails from Dombivili. While he could barely pass his 10th Std examinations, he nevertheless had the self-belief and drive for a career in agriculture. With the help of our field partner Vigyan Ashram, a training center for aspiring entrepreneurs like Jayesh, and a Rang De loan, Jayesh is now getting his life back on track.

Evaluated By : Rang De Team

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Ganesh Pawar, an inspiring entrepreneur, belongs to Nagapur, a small village in Pune District, Maharahtra. At a 7 KM distance from Nagapur is Pargaon, where Ganesh has set up his own 'Engineering and Fabrication Workshop'. Started on the 11th of April 2015, Ganesh's workshop has earned quite some reputation. His commitment towards delivering services on time and working hard with honesty has made him pretty popular in the area. It was a pleasure seeing him do so well.
A year ago, Ganesh was working for a factory. He quit his job to join Vigyan Ashram for a short term course. In this 3 month course he learnt Machine Engineering and Fabrication. And with hope, confidence and faith in himself and his plans, he decided to set up a workshop of his own.
With the plan for setting up the workshop all ready, Ganesh started his journey. He sold almost all the ornaments in the house but was still falling short of the required capital. The banks were not willing to loan his idea as there was nothing to mortgage. Denied but not disheartened, Ganesh was desperately looking for ways to arrange for the capital when Vigyan Ashram connected him to Rang De.
Ganesh has, since then, been climbing the steps to a better livelihood standard without a stop. He took a place for rent in Pargaon where he has set his shop. He used to earn a decent Rs.10,000 to Rs.12,000 when he was working in the factory. Now he earns a minimum of Rs.30,000 every month. He pays a Rs.3,000 rent for the place, Rs.7,000 to a colleague whom he has employed and also the light bill which is close to Rs.6,000 - 7,000.

Evaluated By : Shital Pawar

Partnership Summary

Total No. of Loans 13
Total amount disbursed Rs.1,020,000
Expected repayment so far Rs.1,020,000
Amount repaid Rs.826,741
Amount delayed Rs.193,259
Amount defaulted Rs.0

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