Vedanta Post Graduate Girls College at Ringus in Sikar, Rajasthan reaches 3000 rural and tribal girls 

India has the 2nd largest educational system in the world but less number of enrollments of girls from school to colleges, primarily in rural areas, is a matter of concern. 

Early marriage, distant schools, household chores, lack of transport, lack of safety, absence of female teachers and most importantly poverty are some of the several reasons not permitting Girl's education. The fact that 'educating a girl or a woman leads to educating the whole family' is still not known to the people.

Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta Group company operating in Rajasthan in zinc-lead-silver business, has always been focused towards community service and to build a strong self-sustaining community in the rural and tribal areas. Vedanta Post Graduate Girls College at Ringus in Sikar, Rajasthan is one such project that is providing quality education to rural and tribal girls since its inception in the year 1995 in a fully integrated sustainable environment.

Vedanta Post Graduate Girls College has developed the environment for personal growth, knowledge, exposure, personality and career development of about 3000 girl students. While charging either a nominal fee or free education for BPL students selected by Hindustan Zinc, the college has become a craze for girl students. But, convincing the parents for sending to college has never been easy. The interest of girls in pursuing higher education and to be recognized in life has been a motivating factor for all.

Sugna Salvi lives in village Peepawas, Rajsamand with her parents and 2 younger brothers. Her father, Bhagwanlal Salvi is a small painter who somehow manages to earn about Rs 4000 per month. Sugna good in her studies, completed her 12th in PCB with 1st division in year 2011, wanted to join college to pursue higher studies. But insufficiently low income of her father and poor economic status left her in a thinking mode.

Then, Vedanta’s Hindustan Zinc team came to know about Sugna. The team tried convincing her family but her parents were not willing to send their daughter outside the village. But then Hindustan Zinc team informed them about the Vedanta College and assured them of the protective environment. The team also convinced them about the need of higher education for better future and career development of their daughter. The parents finally agreed. 

At present, Sugna has completed her 2nd year of graduation in B.Sc with 1st division and now is in final year. Like Sugna, there are many girls who are pursuing their higher education.

Lalita Khati from Khatikhera village of Hurda Tehsil at Bhilwara District is daughter of small farmer who is the only earning member of the family of seven members. She was aware that with a very limited source of income, it was difficult for her father to meet both ends with a lot of responsibilities ahead. But she was also aware that Vedanta’s Hindustan Zinc has sponsored girls from her village earlier. 64% marks scorer, she was approached by HZL team and Lalita is now pursuing her education in Arts stream. She even won third prize for her presentation in Public administration subject and now Lalita is willing to complete her Master’s degree further.

With Reshma Meena from Gram Panchyat Singhatwara, Zawar, things were little different. Even she planned to drop-out from her studies seeing low family income and not finding any financial help from relative and friends. Then, in year 2011-12 she was selected for the higher studies in B.A. Course at Vedanta Post Graduate Girls College, Ringus. But unfortunately, her mother refused to send her at a distant place away from the village. Then HZL CSR team did regular dialogues with her mother. Finally she got convinced on one condition i.e., she would herself visit to the college for assurance. She then visited the college, liked it and got agreed; now Reshma is in final year - B.A.

For the prosperity and development of our country, girls' education is must. It is also one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty and build a strong society.

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