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By Way2k Way2k
Way2k 9 Oct 2012
Education for Poor

Ludhiana: In 1987, when city resident Colonel Desh Bushan Sharma took voluntary retirement from the Army, he was motivated by a desire to impact society though education. About 24 years later, he is doing just that.
Known in the city as a devoted educationist, Colonel Sharma started Adarsh Public School about a year ago and provides free education to 300 underprivileged children.

Education for Poor

Colonel Sharma, who stays in Kundian Vidya Mandir Colony, said city residents are always ready to lend a helping hand to care for poor and needy, but their charity work is not organized and there is no systematic data. "The government should help organize the charity work so that those who are genuinely needy are benefited," he said.

All students in Colonel Sharma's school, which is situated in Haibowal, are children of labourers and migrants but their parents ensure that they attend school so that their children will speak in English someday. The retired army man said he has also invited other students and parents to avail scholarships and pursue education, but unfortunately no one has ever got back to him.

Colonel (retired) Sharma remembers the day Rakesh Bharti Mittal of the Bharti Enterprises appreciated students of Adarsh Public School for being the most smartly dressed among students of 30 recognized schools in the city. "As of now the school is only up to class VI, but we have applied for more land and next year will put up proposal for the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliation for the school," said Colonel Sharma.
The educationist was earlier principal of Kundan Vidya Mandir and is still appreciated by city residents. "When people appreciate my clean image and works, it is the best reward for me," he said, adding that he is also associated with Nehru Sidhant Kendra Trust which provides scholarships to needy students and organizes talent programmes for youngsters.

Colonel Sharma is also founder general secretary of Senior Citizen Conclave that has 135 members who interact and share about their lives. The conclave also provides about Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh as scholarships for students and organizes medical camps. "All this work keeps me busy and satisfy my soul," he said.

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