Newsletter November 2006

Ekal updates - School

Current: Number of Ekal Schools: 18,225 Number of Children: 546,750


Ekal Karyakarta's Aborad Visit 2006

In October 2006, some of our Ekal Karyakartas – Shri Pradip Goyal, Shri Rajinder Khaitan, Smt Sarla Khaitan, Ms Anuradha Khaitan, Smt. Manjushree and Smt. Sangita Gupta, were on a visit to USA to attend the Annual General Meeting of EVF USA, held from October 5-8, 2006 at Detroit.

Smt. Manjushree and Smt Sangita Gupta visited Canada from 3rd to 5th October 2006. A meeting was held at Ontario and hosted by its President Shri Ravi Verma. Around 50 people attended the meet and were thrilled to know the activities done in education and health care for the tribal people by EKAL VIDYALAYA. EVF Canada is a new chapter of EVF Global and has been registered in May 2006.

The EVF Canada's President, Shri Ravi Verma along with his wife, Smt Sushila Verma, were present in the EVF USA's convention that was held in Detroit from 5th to 8th October 2006.


Article about Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation published in 'India Herald'

In 1991, India had a 52 percent overall literacy rate compared to America’s 97 percent and in rural India it was as low as 20 percent. By 2001, India’s overall literacy rate had improved to 65.5 percent. That India still has a long way to go is not lost on Indian Americans in Houston, judging by the outpouring of support for a fund-raiser for Ekal Vidyalaya on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Ekal Vidyalaya is working to eradicate illiteracy and bring education to the tribal areas of India. The movement follows Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy, “If the poor cannot come to education, education must go to them". The Ekal Vidyalaya concept of “one teacher, one school” for rural education is sustained by only $365 per year for each school. 

More than 1,200 people attended the fund-rasier featuring a memorable music concert at the Stafford Center for Performing Arts. The bhajan/geet/ghazal program was sold out two weeks before the event. The Ekal Vidyalaya-Houston team set new records in several other respects as well. This year’s event raised more than $300,000 sponsoring over 800 schools for the coming year. In Texas alone, 1,000 schools have been sponsored. “It’s a new record,” says Meera Kapur, Ekal Vidyalaya, Vice-President, Southwest Area.

Young Indian Americans played a key role in the program. The night’s emcee was young dentist Sandhya Kishan, the keynote speaker was ............... To read in details please click the following link:  Article in Detail


First Prize won by Ekal Movement: - an update

“Management case study on Ekal Movement bags First prize in a Global Competition by Amity Business School, NOIDA. 

Amity Business School, Noida conducts a Global Management Case Study Competition “Renvoi” every year. Commander V K Jaitly from Cisco Systems India Pvt. Ltd and Mr. Ajay Singh, CEO of P. J. Softwares Limited presented a case study titled 'EKAL- A PEOPLE'S MOVEMEN' on September 23, 2006. The case study got maximum applauses from judges and the audiences both.

In the presentation it was informed that the Movement is being run by Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India, and it was highlighted that it is the largest Non-Government movement in the world dedicated to uplifting the Tribal of India which constitute almost 12% of the total population. At present the movement runs 18,225 “One Teacher Schools (OTS)” which shall increase to 25000 by the end of this year. It was emphasized that the target is to banish illiteracy from the tribal areas by setting up 1,00,000 Ekal schools by 2011. The movement makes full use of Information Technology and has a website

Further it was told that EVFI is running the low cost model schools spending only USD $365 per annum. It was specially mentioned that this NGO is spending less than 10% towards the administrative expenses and gets its accounts audited by one of the prominent accounting company, Ernst and Young. In addition to the Ekal Movement goes a step ahead of normal literacy by incorporating Health Education, Development Education and Empowerment Education as a part of the curriculum.

The Case Study by V K Jaitly and Ajay Singh won the First Prize from a total of 112 case studies out of which finally only 37 were short listed and presented. The winners made a remark that it was a prize for the Ekal movement and not the presenter. The prizes were distributed by Mr. Avtar Singh Bhadana, Member of Parliament, Mr. Puran Chand Dhonkwal, Land Revenue Minister of Government of Uttranchal. Mr. Ashok Kumar Chauhan Chairman, Amity University congratulated all the winners and particularly participants from Pakistan and Bangladesh, who also got consolation prizes.”


Arogya Yojna (Health Awareness Plan)

The 5th National Arogya Naishnatya Varg is being held in Delhi from 25th to 3 rd November. This “Varg” is meant for the training of the Master Trainers Of Arogya Activity. Around 50 master Trainers from all over India are attending the Varg. 

The “Varg” was inaugurated and addressed by Swami Tanmayanandji of Ooty (Nilgiri hills) who is an MBBS and practices in Ayurveda Medicines. He exhorted for the practice and to revive our ancient traditions.


Ekal Global Learning (EGL)

Itinerary of Ekal Global Learning (EGL) for Ranchi (Jharkhand) is given below. If you are interested to join on any date please write us at
Period: January 1 to January 9, 2007
01.01.07Reach Kolkata by 6 PM & Train for Ranchi at 9 PM
02.01.07VANYATRA - Jharkhand
03.01.07VANYATRA - Jharkhand
03.01.07Orientation - Bishanpur - School Working
05.01.07Orientation - Bishanpur - Sanch Working
06.01.07Orientation - Ranchi - Anchal Working
07.01.07Orientation - Chakradharpur - Swavalamban Working
08.01.07Orientation - Chakradharpur - Arogya & Gram Vikas
08.01.07Departure for Kolkata at 8 PM
09.01.07Orientation - Kolkata - Chapter Working
09.01.07Departure in the Evening from Kolkata
Itinerary Cost: (Approximate)
Full Package IRs 11,000 - Kolkata to Kolkata (Jan 1-9)
Full Package IIRs 10,000 - Ranchi to Kolkata (Jan 2-9)
Vanyatra Package IIIRs 4,000 - Kolkata to Ranchi (Jan 1- 4)
Vanyatra Package IVRs 3,000 - Ranchi to Ranchi (Jan 2- 4)


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