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Our Alumnus Akshay Purohit – Teach For India Fellow

27th Jan 2015 by admin - , (0) Comment
Akshay Purohit
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“My time at UWC Mahindra College remains the most cherished and impactful two years of my life. While I didn’t realise how much it could and had shaped me at the time, I today realise and appreciate the privilege of a UWC education. The diverse, thought provoking and challenging environment I experienced at UWC Mahindra College was a strong foundation for studying at Columbia University. UWCMC opened my horizons to the world, and made me a far more sensitive, aware and reflective individual. 
After college I did the Teach For India (TFI) Fellowship. Modeled on Teach For America, TFI aims to solve India’s education crisis by developing a movement of leaders who will influence education through school leadership, Government, Policy and the Corporate sector. To gain the grassroots experience, Fellows teach full time, as class teachers, in low income schools across India.
Teaching is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Leading a classroom of 60 middle schoolers made me think about every action of mine and its impact more than I ever had. The required level of vision setting, planning, patience and perseverance demanded an extremely high degree of effort, coupled with a drive to improve every single day. I do believe my inspiration to do the Teach For India Fellowship had its roots in the global awareness that seeped into me at UWC Mahindra College and Columbia.
Today, I work in my family business, Neptunus Power Plant Services. An established name in the Large Engine Services sector, Neptunus is today experiencing the same challenges that most medium enterprises looking to scale up rapidly do – second line of leadership, continual improvement, people’s issues, organisation building and global expansion. I’m confident of possessing the vision and skill set to overcome these challenges, and for that I have only my experiences at UWC Mahindra College, Columbia and Teach For India to be grateful for.”
– Akshay Purohit (Class of 2008)

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