Mahavir's Story

I'm Mahavir S Sovitkar now pursuing my MBBS at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College , Sion Mumbai.

I completed my primary education from Fattechand Jain Mahavidyalaya , Chinchwad Pune. I got 91% marks in 10th standard.I gave my first attempt of Medical entrance exam in 2014 and I could able to get admission at Government Ayurvedic Medical College, Ratnagiri and a private MBBS medical college. As it was my dream to become a good allopathic doctor take higher education in that so that I can serve the society especially to the poor and financially disable people with my knowledge. But I found this dream will be dream only as I didn't get an admission in government medical college and it was difficult for my mother to pay fees of private medical college as she is being single parent to me and my younger brother. So I determined to take an another chance in 2015 to achieve my dream and to prepare again for an entrance exam. next year with the help of my mother and blessings of my father I could able to get admission in government medical college that to in the prestigious Institute like Sion Hospital, Mumbai.

After coming to Mumbai I realised that it's just a first step I climbed towards my dream there is whole staircase in front of me to reach my destiny. It's hard to survive in the city like Mumbai if you don't have supporting hand behind you to help you in needy situations especially in my scenario and that helping hand I got from Harjai Foundation.

It's was 2015 when first time we get in touch with Sanjay Harjai sir and the foundation. The foundation had offered scholarship to 7 students from our college and I was one of them. After that, now it's been 3 years the foundation is helping me, be it with course fees, hostel fees or medical books (which are quite expensive) so that it can relieve some financial pressure.

The kind words and the actions of Sanjay Harjai sir is not only helping the many more people like me but also inspiring us to help the needy people in whatever way you can and in near future when we will be financially stable we can also set benchmark by helping needy students and growing the sapling of Harjai foundation into a big tree.

Lastly I would like to say thank you Sanjay Harjai sir and Harjai Foundation for helping me to achieve my dream.

Shraddha's Story

I am Ms. Shraddha C. Bhosle, studying in Final Year B. Tech (Textile) at VJTI, Mumbai. My parents passed away when I was 8 years old leaving behind us 3 children, our aunt and our grandmother. Our initial school education was funded mostly out of our father's fixed deposit money from the bank. My aunt had however decided to take care of us children and did not marry for our well-being as her priority in life. Our grandmother after her eye surgery couldn't help much as she was handicapped.

However, under the vigilance of my aunt and grandmother we sisters were able to complete our high school education. But, since there was shortage of funds in the family, we both sisters started working part-time during for our junior college years. As fate would have it, my sister met with an accident and was unable to pass her HSC. Finances were always shorthanded and hence my sisters decided to leave studies to ease our financial burdens also that we couldn’t afford education. She then decided to start working full time so that she can contribute to the family expenses. All five of us in our family were trying hard to sustain through it all.

Meanwhile, my grandmother’s health had deteriorated and her medical bills had started eating out of our monthly budget. To counter this, my brother and I decided to take up part time jobs to make ends meet. Some months later our grandmother passed away leaving behind a feeling of void in our lives. In quick succession my sister got married and she had to leave us. Now we were only 3 left in the family – me, my aunt and my brother.

My brother had failed in his 10th grade and decided to stop his education due to financial conditions. I was studying engineering and it was not possible to leave the education at this point in time. But my brother had decided to keep my education on track. He stopped his education, became my guardian took up a job and is trying his best to help me finish my education. However, I didn't want to put all burden on my brother with my education costs. Hence, I decided to start coaching students to get the extra money since the past one year.

Financial scarcity was always known in my family at every step of our lives, however, it was always compensated with the abundance of love in my family. I want to complete my education as soon as possible without any problems and get myself a job. My aim is to restart my brother's education and help him in his career. After my parents passing away, I received all the love I could get from my grandmother, my aunt, my sister and my brother. And I am blessed having them around.

However, I do not want to hurt any one of my family members in any possible way after all the sacrifices they have done for me, which is the reason why I have approached Harjai Foundation for help. I will be eternally grateful if I receive Harjai Foundation's scholarship which will help me in an immense way to reduce the burden of my education from my guardians.

Komal's Story

"When one tries and tries endlessly they receive God" and "If you wish hard enough you´ll see the solution" holds true because if you want to succeed in any domain you will have to try and wish what you want to achieve and if you work hard keeping these two points in mind you will definitely succeed is what I strongly feel.

When I was in 10th standard I used to get stressed out with my studies. Because I used to hear from all sources that this is a crucial year study hard, get good grades. If you get good grades what will happen, if you get bad grades what will happen. How my career depends upon my grades and so on and so forth. Such idioms were regular at my home from the beginning, I should get good marks in all my exams, get a higher education, get a high paying job, a great designation at my job is their wish. And that is the reason why they are extremely attentive with my educational requirements. Even I like to study.

Lokmanya Tilak had pledged, "Swarajya is my birthright, and I shall have it!", similarly, I pledged that I will secure 95% marks in my SSC exams! I started studying hard to achieve what I had pledged for. My family’s financial condition is not that great and hence I could not afford study guides for all the subjects. The school books were all that I had and I studied a great deal from these books. I read these books a lot and solved a whole lot of past question papers. In the process if I ever got stuck with any problems that I was unable to solve I took the help of my school teachers and resolved the problems and doubts. I meticulously practiced my math problems.

My parents, although they could not afford my education were cutting back on their needs and seeing to it that my educational expenses were met as much as they could. Eventually, I studied hard to achieve the desired success in my SSC examination.

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