Karla Education Trust ( KET) is one of the charitable trusts of Shri Chitrapur Math affiliated Trusts & Societies focusing on providing quality education to under- privileged children, or children with special needs. KET is the outcome of fervent requests to our beloved Mathadhipati - Parama Pujya Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji from the villagers of Karla, for an affordable and good English medium school at Karla . So far, local residents were forced to send their children by school bus to schools in Lonavala ( which is 10 kms away). They were also unhappy with the standard of education and fees charged in those schools.
KET was thus established in June 2015 with the Blessings of PP Swamiji to meet the educational needs of children from this rural area. With Pujya Swamiji’s Guidance KET undertook the noble project to build and run an English-medium school named Parijnanashram Vidyalaya comprising Pre- Primary, Primary and eventually Secondary sections too on the land leased out to it by Shree Trust near the Durga Parameshwari Mandir at Karla.
Based on the ‘constructivism approach’ that allows a child to observe, analyze, enquire and then absorb any concept, Parijnanashram Vidyalaya is a befitting outcome of the successful Vikas Ghar run under the Srivali Trust, Shirali with Guidance from the reputed NGO, Gram Mangal for three years from 2012 to 2014. Parijnanashram Vidyalaya is thus fulfilling the long-standing desire of parents in Karla and neighbouring villages to educate their children in a good English medium school which is continually striving for excellence.
These local children are mostly first- generation learners from low- income families. Though the villagers were aware of the importance of modern-day quality education to brighten the future of their children, they could ill afford to pay for the infrastructure and well qualified teachers which are needed for the same. At the same time they were self-respecting enough to want to pay for their children’s education. Hence, an ‘affordability factor’ had to be considered carefully while arriving at the present fee - structure.
KET is presently working on the building permissions required for starting the construction of the Primary and Secondary School building. This is scheduled to begin in October 2017 and get completed by June 2018.
Karla Education Trust aims to meet the capital expenditure on the school buildings and initial years ‘revenue deficit with financial support from generous members of our samaja. The financial donations to the Trust are eligible for availing exemption under section 80G exemption of the IT Act 1961.
A few milestones of KET :-
Presently, the total number of students at the school is 250 with 190 in the Pre-Primary and 60 in the Primary section and ( of course) still counting ………!