IITian Quit Massive Package From MNCs And Choose To Work For Underprivileged Tribe Villagers
Vishal and his team are working on a socio-entrepreneurship model for integrated and sustainable development of tribal and rural communities of Odisha by setting up small and home-scale units of organic fertilizers, pesticides, mushroom cultivation, dairy and poultry units. He is also preparing organic soil and bio-intensive orchard. Vishal is promoting and providing training to farmers, NGOs and youngsters through agri-entrepreneurship regarding organic and eco-friendly farming approaches also for overall development.
Doing something when you afford the facilities are merely simple but helping when you are also deprived of stores is quite extraordinary courage. But there is such an unusual individual who has risked their prominent career and entire future to serve others.
We are talking about Vishal Singh, whom money is not everything. His IIT degree could have secured him a life of amenity but he believes in serving the greater cause of humanity whether he had money to support his aim or not.
Vishal comes from Varanasi where he born and grown-up. Then, he opted his PG course in agriculture and food engineering from IIT, Kharagpur. His father is a farmer and mother homemaker. His degree could fetch him a position with an acclaimed multinational company. The longer he worked there, the more he realized the gap between the rich and the underprivileged.
He was comfortable with his life and there was an enormous extent of growth but seeing so many people living a life of ignorance and exertion, made him take over the charge of change.
He wished to provide education, food, and health amenities to socioeconomically deprived children, especially orphans. For support, he approached his friends and formed a non-government organization under the name Kaivalya Vichar Seva Samiti (KVSS), registered in Uttar Pradesh.
It was a tie-break task to go door-to-door to encourage parents to send their children to school. Many times villagers refuse but after some time they got assured by Vishal and his team's restless effort. He started helping children in Soladahar and Gopali of Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal in 2012. Vishal gave them free evening classes. 40 students attended the classes. He started up with a lot of determination with only Rs 6,000 in hand. Besides that, he also spread awareness on organic and herb farming among farmers.
Their initiative was wholesome and all-inclusive which includes annadaanam (free food distribution), vastradanam (free clothes distribution), sikshadaanam (free education), and swathyadaanam (free health check-up).
With his noble objective, many people came forward and he got the cooperation of students from other prestigious universities, alumni, and professors of IIT, Kharagpur, Kaivalya Vichar Seva Samiti (KVSS) has expanded its services in Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, and Bargarh district of Odisha, and Chandauli, Aligarh, Etah, and Lucknow district of Uttar Pradesh for the betterment of next generation. The major driving force behind this campaign was empowering students and farmers.
By 2014, the team had provided direct service to 2,500 children through different projects. To make the children skilled in extra-curricular activities they held competitions which allowed the children to showcase their skills, with proper guidance.
In 2015, Vishal received more than 400 volunteers from different universities like IIT Bhubaneswar, NIT Jamshedpur, Banaras Hindu University, Allahabad University, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Jharkhand Central University etc.
In 2016, he decided to promote an economic organic model of farming for marginal and semi-marginal farming communities to resolve the issue of their livelihood.Initially, he provided basic training and demonstration to farmers about organic compost, organic pesticide, an organic insecticide, and organic nutrients for better and chemical-free food production.
Followed by this, he inaugurated a new concept of Rs 1 lakh from one-acre land. The current revenue of farmers by growing crops is Rs 60,000 per annum but Vishal encourages them to grow medicinal plants, herbal plants, and flowers that will raise the revenue to Rs 1,00,000 per annum. Because of this model, he drew the spirit to promote organic farming in Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Sundargarh, and Bargarh district of Odish
Currently, KVSS is running 5 programs for serving the society with the addition of organic farming for sustainable livelihood, and nearly 5,000 children from all over India and 8,900 farmers have been benefited from it. Vishal and his team are working on a socio-entrepreneurship model for integrated and sustainable development of tribal and rural communities of Odisha by setting up small and home-scale units of organic fertilizers, pesticides, mushroom cultivation, dairy and poultry units. He is also preparing organic soil and bio-intensive orchard. Vishal is promoting and providing training to farmers, NGOs and youngsters through agri-entrepreneurship regarding organic and eco-friendly farming approaches also for overall development.
He believes there is no job too menial, all one needs is a vision and there is always a stage when one starts up.
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