Engineer who taught slum kids wins global fellowship

Mar 10, 2014, 03:01 IST | Swapnal Tilekar

Anurag Maloo, a software engineer, who was part of ‘Teach for India’ initiative, where he imparted education to slum children, has been conferred with ‘Karmaveer Chakra and REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship’

Pune: Anurag Maloo has been striving to make a difference. The software engineer, who was part of the ‘Teach for India’ initiative, where he imparted education to slum children from the city last year, also partook in the International Antarctic Expedition (IAE) 2013.

Anurag Maloo (L)

Now, for his efforts, the 25-year-old, who had turned into a teacher for Yashwantrao Chavan Vidyaniketan, a PMC school in Yerawada, has been conferred with the ‘Karmaveer Chakra and REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship’.

Maloo, who calls himself a committed ‘Earth volunteer by responsibility’, said, “I am very happy that I have received such a prestigious honour. It all began in a classroom in Pune, when I decided to take up the ‘Teach for India’ fellowship in 2011-13. There, I worked with children to promote volunteering, and proactive citizenship among them, to realise the immense potential they have to be the agents of change and make a difference. In the second year of my stint, I got associated with the family of global volunteers.

This led to my travelling to all over the world –places like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Philippines – to promote volunteering for various causes. It not only improved me as a person, but also inspired me to participate in more such initiatives in future. Now, with a friend, I am planning to start an organisation in Jaipur, which will deal with the issues like environmental sustainability.

The fellowship is awarded annually to ‘an outstanding human being’ who receives a trophy, citation and the granting of ‘One Dream to Change the World’.

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