In the glare of multistories, shiny office building, shopping malls, we often do not notice the hidden slums of a rapidly growing city like Gurgaon, Pune etc. , which hosts many poor workers. Where earning for daily food is a struggle, education of their children remains their last priority. Moreover, because of seasonal migration, fear of getting kidnapped, the responsibility of smaller siblings, instant money through begging on red-lights, etc, these children never get enrolled in govt. schools.
To solve all these problems and bring education in lives of this difficult and often ignored section, few alumni from IIT Kharagpur have developed the concept of roadside schools or FootPathShalas, located close to their slums. The initiative is run under UnderPrivileged Advancement by Youth (UPAY), a registered NGO which has currently 26 centres with 1500 students primarily near Nagpur, Pune, Mouda and Delhi NCR. UPAY volunteers have been able to cultivate the interest of educat