At PRAGATI, we are committed to offer an inviting, comfortable, and modern environment conducive to study, research, and exploration of new information and dissemination of knowledge. The Centres remains open 363 days a year, to serve its readers with its rich collection of books, current journals, magazines, newspapers and numerous digital resources.
1. Study Centres
Even after 74 years of independence 1 out of 5 children goes uneducated. Today 80% of our school going children do not have the basic facility or congenial atmosphere to study at their homes due to paucity of space or unsupportive environment. The constitutional guarantee to equal opportunity and right to education fail when the children reach matriculation. Being deprived of financial means and required knowledge to sit for competitive exams, many are denied the opportunity to pursue professional courses.
In 1994, Slum Authorities found the schemes of PRAGATI viable and agreed to lease two Basti Vikas Kendra, one at Motia Khan, Pahar Ganj and the other one at Seelampur, Trans-Yamuna area. As the said Kendras were very aptly situated/ located in the heart area of the slum dwellers, PRAGATI deemed fit to utilise the space to serve its purpose in bringing educational reform for the children residing in these areas. Since then, such Study Centres are accommodating number of students who study at any time of their convenience between 08:00 am to 10:00 pm daily without incurring any expenses. Further, such Study Centres are evidently contributing in an overall development & improvement, both academically and personality, of the students/ aspirants.
a) Study Centre – I (“SC-I” – Motia Khan, Paharganj, New Delhi)
SC-I was inaugurated by the then Hon’ble Chief Minister, Delhi on January 15, 1995. This Centre currently has more than 1300 text books, reference books, receives daily newspaper and provides desk space which can accommodate more than 100 students at one time. About 600 students enrol themselves with PRAGATI STUDY CENTRE (SC-I) every year. No charge is levied from any student for the facilities extended by PRAGATI. In the last 25 years, this facility has benefitted more than 10,000 students.
b) Study Centre – II (“SC-II” – Seelampur, Delhi)
SC-II was formally inaugurated on March 17, 1996 by the then Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi. This Centre has more than 1000 text books, reference books, receives daily newspaper and provides desk space which can accommodate more than 150 students at one time. In the last 24 years, this facility has benefitted more than 8000 students, particularly girls from minority communities. These girls have benefitted from the Pragati Centre as it is located right in their neighbourhood and no excuse, be that be distance or means, could keep them away from pursuing their aspirations anymore.
The Computer Centre at PRAGATI, has a fully equipped air-conditioned computer lab having latest Pentium Series Computers (10 Computers as of now), Printer, Scanner etc. and offers most sought-after courses by highly qualified faculty. Further, the Centre also provides for a separate theory room with sitting capacity of 20 students at a time. As on date, PRAGATI has trained more than 600 students in various courses such as Microsoft basics, Dot Net Programming, Multimedia, Wed Designing, Computerised Accountancy, DTP etc. This initiative has supported many students of the neighbourhood in finding reputable jobs in professional organisations, who are now supporting their families.
It is undeniable that as easy as it is to dream, it isn’t so easy to find the right means to make those dreams come true. It becomes more difficult when one doesn’t have the right person / guidance to go-to who could make him/her understand the importance of choosing the path which can lead you closer to that dream. When we talk about underprivileged children, apart from lacking the basic requirements such as books or space to study – they further lack professional mentorship and equal employment opportunities.
PRAGATI, with its main objective to bring these underprivileged children at par with others, provides platform to these students to meet experts from different fields. In these seminars, students are encouraged to discuss their dreams and aspirations and are given the necessary guidance by experts on how to overcome obstacles which come in the way of their professional pursuits.
a) Vocational Training – Skill Development
Women have always been marginalized and relegated to the status of subjugated class, more so, in the slums & underprivileged groups of the society. Despite concerted efforts by governmental and non-governmental organization, educating a girl child even till matriculation is still rare in our society. Now, when Matriculation & Senior Secondary seems like too-much-to-ask-for, one can imagine how tough would it be for these young girls to find resources and means to have a chance at being empowered or self-reliant and stand at par with the rest of the world.
Apart from the Mentorship Programme, discussed above, PRAGATI would be introducing Social Awareness Seminars (starting from March 2021). In these seminars, apart from imparting regular training, awareness sessions and seminars will be conducted with the experts and professionals from different fields.