The Piramal Gandhi Fellowship (PGF), initiated in 2008, is a youth leadership-development programme, which the Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF) hopes to develop as a platform to generate the next batch of nation builders. They are set to follow in the footsteps of luminaries like Verghese Kurien, the father of India’s ‘white revolution’, and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Azad, former president of India, who are both known for providing grass-roots level leadership. PGF provides a platform to get engaged, understand rural issues, build skills, confidence and networks to bring about social change. “The biggest constraint to social change in our country is no longer money but skilled people” says Aditya Natraj, director, KEF.
Anita Shekhu, the 37 year-old headmistress of government primary school in Seuwa village in Rajasthan's Churu district, is beaming. She has just managed to convince six dropouts to join her school.