Udaan – A Flight to the Possible

Tuphan Barik is from a small village called Khickka in West Bengal, India. His parents are farm workers who earn just about two thousand rupees a month — that is, when they can actually find work. There are many such people in rural India who are only seasonally employed; as a result, not guaranteed their next meal. Coming from such a background, under normal circumstances, Tuphan would have become a farm help adding his bit to the meager family income. But that is not what happened. The 21-year-old is a bright student who had cleared his class X with 89.25%, appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination for a medical seat. Today, he is doing his MBBS 1st year at the renowned R.G.Kar Medical College in West Bengal. How did Tuphan, from a very poor family, rise himself to a medical college like R.G. Kar?

Dr. Devi Shetty felicitating Tuphan Barik at the Udayer Pathey annual function

Dr. Devi Shetty felicitating Tuphan Barik at the Udayer Pathey annual function

That story begins when Narayana Hospitals (NH) founded by the legendary Dr. Devi Shetty, took up an experimental idea: doctors in urban areas are not willing to take up non-lucrative jobs in the rural areas. Instead of courting them, go to the grassroots level. Provide scholarships to bright students from rural India who have serious financial constraints, enable them to pursue a career on medicine and mentor them from the age of 13. The first phase of the program, at the time called Udayer Pathey (On the Path to the Dawn) was launched in West Bengal in 2007. That is where Tuphan comes from. By the way, Tuphan means the ‘storm’.

Let us now fast forward. On 12th December, 2014 Narayana Hrudayalaya and Mindtree joined hands to launch the same program under the name Udaan in Karnataka. Udaan will provide children from rural areas with scholarships and end-to-end financial support, right from their 9th standard in high school, until they complete their MBBS. During these years, Udaan will guide and mentor them along the way. Towards this, 1423 children from 36 schools in Kanakapura Taluk, Karnataka participated in the initial screening and of these 56 have been shortlisted. Mindtree Foundation is proud to be associated with Narayana Hrudayalaya Charitable Trust.

On 12th December, in the presence of Dr. Devi Shetty and Mindtree leaders, the children and their parents visited Mindtree where they received their scholarship certificates.

Launch of Udaan

Launch of Udaan

 

Dr. Devi Shetty, Founder and Managing Trustee Narayana Hrudayalaya Charitable Trust and Mr. Subroto Bagchi, Chairman, Mindtree formally launched the program at the Mindtree campus in the presence of children selected for the program

Dr. Devi Shetty, Founder and Managing Trustee Narayana Hrudayalaya Charitable Trust and Mr. Subroto Bagchi, Chairman, Mindtree formally launched the program at the Mindtree campus in the presence of children selected for the program

 

Dr. Devi Shetty, Founder and Managing Trustee Narayana Hrudayalaya Charitable Trust giving the certificate of enrollment to the students selected for the program

Dr. Devi Shetty, Founder and Managing Trustee Narayana Hrudayalaya Charitable Trust giving the certificate of enrollment to the students selected for the program

 

The shortlisted children along with their parents from Kanakapura Taluk were present at the event

The shortlisted children along with their parents from Kanakapura Taluk were present at the event

 

Subroto Bagchi and Dr. Devi Shetty with the Mindtree volunteers

Subroto Bagchi and Dr. Devi Shetty with the Mindtree volunteers

Click here to see pictures of the launch of Udaan.

Comments
Dwaipayan Sarkar Says
Friday January 2nd 2015

Asadharan ak prochesta…Onek suvechcha….

Anubhav Says
Saturday January 3rd 2015

Great Work !!! Wishing a great year for Team MindTree.

Sumana BK Says
Sunday January 4th 2015

Dear Mr.Bagchi,

Wish you & your family a very happy new year. Udaan has a very commendable goal and would like to congratulate and wish you success. I would like to meet you regarding a patent & product that I have been working on. Pls let me know when that can be done.
Thanks & Regds
Sumana
9620405550

Vikash Sharma Says
Monday January 5th 2015

Great Initiative..Wish you success to enable kids whose dream would have remained unfulfilled.

Nikhil P Rao Says
Wednesday January 7th 2015

To see such initiatives its a great feeling. I’m really happy that Mindtree and Narayana have joined hands. I wish best of luck and all success for this program.

v.kiruba Says
Friday January 9th 2015

very innovative.i like to join in your company

Swati Sutar Says
Wednesday February 25th 2015

Bravo.. Great work..The SSC marks can be considered as a selection criteria. More efforts to promote actual talent based on practicals..

Sunday March 8th 2015

Hi subrata,
Hope you are doing well! At my end I am already taken an Udaan around the waiting and cancellation of my interview today at your Mindtree campus in Whitefield.
The problem of making candidates wait for 5-6 hours on a weekend is a huge cost to the wellbeing of people at the receiving end of your capital, I hope you underastand that is not specific to your company Mindtree its common across companies.
So when we have such a big market , would you assist me in designing this interview management system which can add value to all stakeholders.
Best Regards,
Sudipta

Vipin Vasu Says
Tuesday April 7th 2015

Hi Sir,

Today one of your vendors BULL IT services Cheated me they gave me offer letter of 35,000 and just before joining on Wednesday they said they will give me 25,000,when I told to the concern they said we cannot help on this , I am awaiting some action to be taken against BULL IT services so that no one else can Cheat another person.

Vipin Vasu

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Vipin Vasu Says
Tuesday April 7th 2015

No one is listening to me This person calls himself Mr Vivek Mishra has taken my telephonic interview but I believe he is from BULL IT services only.His number is 9448471927.

Regards,

Vipin vasu

Probhat Kumar Goswami Says
Tuesday April 21st 2015

Dear Mr. Bagchi,

Really moved to see the kind of work that you are doing to promote “CSR” in the country and perhaps beyond through Mindtree Consulting and Udaan.

It is even more touching for me to know the story of Tuphan Barik and “Udayer Pathey”, as I myself stay at North Kolkata.

I congratulate you and your entire team for being a part of such a wonderful initiative and wish all the best to Mindtree and Udaan for the future.

Extremely keen to be part of this noble cause, kindly let me know if and how I can join the initiative as a volunteer. I shall be obliged for the same.

Thanks & regards,
Probhat Goswami
9830435014, 9433062993
Kolkata

ashutosh Says
Tuesday April 28th 2015

good story

Ranjan Panda Says
Wednesday July 15th 2015

Nice Job sir.

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