Rekha Chauhan

Rekha Chauhan

The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyala (KGBV) Gangani, located in educationally backward block of Naugaon in Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand, was established in the year 2005-06.

Having poor financial family background, Rekha Chauhan, 17, got admitted in Class 6th in KGBV Gangani in year 2008. Rekha, who is second eldest among five brothers and sisters, had to drop out after completing Class 5th from primary school Naugaon as her father, who is agriculture laborer, could not afford his daughter’s studies.

On the pursuance of warden and teachers of the KGBV, Rekha took admission in the residential girls hostel and continued with her studies. Within no time, Rekha not only excelled in studies, but also started taking active participation in cultural and sport activities.

As she was a natural sportsperson, Rekha participated in various sports competitions from school to district level and won medals for her performances. She clinched a gold medal in 100meter race event in the Rural Games Federation State Championship held at Rohtak in Haryana in November 2017.

Rekha even proved her mettle in the National Rural Games Federation Competition, held in December 2017, by bagging the gold medal again in 100meter race after clocking the timing of 12second.

In the South Asian Rural Games held at Kathmandu in February 2018, Rekha won silver medal at an international competition after clocking 11.86 seconds in the 100meters race.

She now aims to bring laurels for her country by winning the gold medal in the world rural games scheduled to take place in Thailand later this year.

We all are proud of Rekha’s achievements and wish her good luck in her future endeavors.

The KGBV of the backward block of Naugaun was established in the year 2005-06. Rekha Chauhan had been a student of this very institute. She comes from a very poor family, second in a family of five siblings, and her parents earn their living through farming. Rekha studied in Naugav’s primary school till standard fifth, after which she had to dropout due to adverse financial conditions. The principal of KGBV, Anudeshika, explained the importance of education to Rekha’s parents, and managed to get Rekha admitted to her school in 2008, allowing Rekha to resume her education from standard sixth. Along with academics, Rekha started actively participating in cultural and sport activities. She displayed a particular enthusiasm for sports. She started representing her school, village (nyay panchayat), block and even her district and always stood first or second in the events. She passed her Intermediate examinations in the year 2016-17. Rekha got an opportunity to participate, at the state level; in the 100m dash event at Ruler Games Federation held in Rohtak on 11th-12th November, 2017 and proved her mettle by winning the gold medal. Continuing on this streak, she participated in the Seventh National Ruler Games Federation, held from 29th to 31st December, 2017, and defeated all the opponents by finishing the 100m race in a mere 12 seconds. Rekha won laurels for her country by winning the silver medal at the South Asian Rural Games, held at Kathmandu (Nepal) between 16th and 18th February 2018, by completing the 100m race in just 11.86 seconds. Rekha’s next target is to win the gold medal at Thailand’s World Rural Games. We are all very proud of Rekha and her achievements and wish her the best of luck for her future endeavors.

Vidhya Lohini

Vidhya Lohini


Designation: Warden of KGBVBazpur

Education: B.A and BTC

Appointment in education department: 1 January 1992

Number of years in KGBV: 8 years

Awards- president’s award in year 2016

Sailesh Matiyani award in 2008,

Dev Narayan Diwedi award in 2007

VidhyaLohini has been serving as a warden of the Kasturba Gandhi BalikaVidyalaya(KGBV)Chakarpur, in Bazpur block of Udham Singh Nagar district, for past eight years. Born on March 15, 1967 in Almora district of Uttarakhand, the journey was never easy for Vidya, who is youngest among her two more siblings.

Despite all odds, mother of Vidhya Lohini provided her three children, including two daughters, equal education. With her hard work and resilience, Vidhya completed her schooling, pursued her B.A and then did her BTC before went on to become a teacher in a government school in year 1992.

For herwork in the field of girl’s education, she was bestowed with president’s award in year 2016. Before that, Vidhya had won the prestigious Sailesh Matiyani award in 2008, given annually by Uttarakhand state government to best teachers. She had also won Dev Narayan Diwedi award in 2007 for excellence in teaching at district level.

Before taking over as the warden of the KGBV Chakarpur in December 2009, there were numerous infrastructural shortcomings in the campus of the all-girls residential hostel. However, with her persistent efforts, things have drastically changed now.

Started from a single room of primary school in year 2007, the KGBV Chakapur, with the efforts of Vidhya and her staff, now has 50 girl’s students living there in the hostel. Vidhya has ensured that the campus is equipped with basis facilities like drinking water, furniture, electricity, toilets, dressing rooms for girls and mess.

Vidhya along with her staff members had travelled to far-flung villages of Bazpur block to identify girl drop out students, met their parents and convinced them to send their daughters to KGBV for restarting their education. Initially, she faced resistance from people but slowly and steadily, the results started coming with the increase in enrolment at KGBV.
In a unique initiative, Vidhya also sensitized the staff members of KGBV towards girls’ education and prepared a holistic plan for increasing the learning outcome of girl students living in KGBV hostel. She kept a close and regular watch on the execution of the plan.

Acknowledging the role of the staff personnel, Vidhya stressed on organizing regular capacity building workshops for the part-time teachers and other staff members of KGBV.

Besides studies, Vidhya started self-defence classes for the girl students at KGBV for their overall development and to empower them to protect themselves against any type of aggression and harassment. Skill training is also being provided to the girls for making them independent.
The girls of KGBV Chakarpur undergo monthly health check-up at nearest community health centre (CHC) and their profile cards have also been prepared to keep a track of their medical history.

The girls also participates in adventure sports activities like rappelling, trekking and horse riding, besides giving them exposure in computer training and English speaking.



I am Deepa, resident from the Melkatayur village, dropped out of school after the death of my father when I was studying in VII standard.   I remained out of school for 6 months. SSA and Hand in Hand staff identified and convinced me to continue my education. I was enrolled in the Bharathiyar RSTC on 25/10/2014 through sustained counseling where I completed VIII standard. Later I was mainstreamed in Manampathy Government Higher Secondary School (Enrollment No: 9130) (UDISE Code – 33030301503) to pursue IX standard.  I stayed in the RSTC and continued till X standard securing 377 in March 2017Board exam. My aim is to become a Bank Manager and will work towards achieving that goal.



I am R.Soniya from Chinnamayakulam, Aruppukottai  Virudhunagar District.  My Parents Mr.Rasaiya and Mrs. Panchavarnam are coolies. My father is a drunkard and often quarrelled with my mother.  Unfortunately my mother fell sick and lost her life after six months.  There was no one to look after me . I could not continue my studies. So I became a drop out  in V Standard in the year 2014. I had been out of school for 2 years. I became helpless  about my future. At that time I was identified as a drop out by the Block Resource Teacher Educators during the survey in  2017 and was admitted in VIII standard in this current academic year in the RSTC. There I was fulfilled with my basic needs and I got many friends to accompany me. I got good moral support from the teachers there.  Apart from my studies, I excelled myself in painting and dancing. Many appreciated my artistic skill. Now  I am fully confident enough to shine in the future world.  The government schemes helped me a lot and I am thankful to one and all who showed me a bright and colourful future.