Dev Kumar Verma was once attending an election duty in his village Katras, Dhanbad the venue for the election was a government school. In the desk were some leave letters written by nine and ten standard kids. He was shocked to find many spelling mistakes in the leave letters. Further, what shocked him more was the teachers accepting the leave letters without asking the students to correct the errors. In spite of taking up the matter to the CM, no concrete steps were taken by the government to address the issue. The sad situation of education in the school drove him to take start Pathshala School.
It was then that he and his wife Priyanka Verma decided to do something concrete to address the issue at our own capacity. Children need better learning, responsibility, values and independence. This is the moto with which Dev Kumar Verma started a tuition point for kids in his ancestral home, which quickly became a full-fledged school, Pathshala for children up to class 5 as support from kids, parents and friends poured in. He converted his ancestral home into the school and soon turned it into an English-medium school. Pathshala has all basic facilities such as dedicated teachers, separate toilets for girls and boys, a playground and water connection. He has also arranged auto- rickshaws for students residing in far- off places. He feels that even the poorest of poor should have access to good educational facilities, which are at par with the ones in the big metros without having to pay any fees.
Later to take the initiative to next level, Pathshala Educational Trust was established in 2020 with the aim to provide quality education at secondary and senior secondary level so that the future of our great nation can contribute in nation building along with setting up a correct path for their next generations in their own family.
Why we are?
Pathshala sees education, digital literacy, awareness about socio-economic issues and vocational skills as core tools to bring capabilities to individuals and societies. There have been improvements and innovations in the way we learn, however that has been limited to urban areas/elites of India, leaving a huge quality and opportunity deficit at unreached rural areas.