– The Legend of Prayas –
Mr. Raj Kumar Aggarwal has been associated with Prayas SWS since it’s inception in 1999 and has remained an integral part of it ever since. He is practicing as Senior Partner in M/s Corporate Professionals Tax India, Advocate and Advisors , New Delhi.
Mr Aggarwal has a long list of degrees to his credit which include an M.com from Agra University, FCA FCS, AICWA, LLB and to top it all a Ph.D in ‘Social responsibility in Business’.
Mr. Aggarwal is indoubtedly one of the “Backbones of Prayas” Here’s a glimpse of his thoughts and vision for Prayas.
1. Mr. Aggarwal, what is your experience of your association for Prayas?
Mr. Aggarwal : I feel very delighted to be associated with Prayas because it gives a feeling of satisfaction, fulfilment to be able to give back to society in whatever way we can. When you are in a position to contribute to the society, it is always a wonderful feeling.
2. What is your vision for Prayas?
Mr.Aggarwal : I see Prayas as a model which can be replicated for the whole country. There are unutilised and under utilised resources that Prayas has put to efficient use.
There are 3 types of resources :-
1.Infrastructure of regular schools where the afternoons are free so we are using those buildings for Prayas.
2.People who can devote their time , retired people, housewives who are efficient and creative and who want to utilise their free time.
3.People who can donate and want to contribute to the society.
So, by putting all these together, we have created a unique model which is working so well in Faridabad. If in Faridabad, then why not for the entire country?
3.What is Prayas’ focus at present?
Mr.Aggarwal : Our focus in Prayas is providing basic education to the children belonging to the economically weaker section of the society. We were successful in doing that. Then the question arised that what after these children passed out from school? So, we started with the idea of providing Skill development courses.
And, we have already started providing many Skill development courses where they can gain by employment. There are various courses that we provide:
1.Stiching and tailoring
And we also intend to start courses for Cooking, driving, mechanics, etc. So, basically we want to generate self employment and self confidence for the economically weaker strata of the society. And, we have some amazing stories of how the females who have learnt stitching at our centres are earning Rs 10000-15000 per month from their homes only.
So, our present focus is creating good employment for these people and I think we have started on the right track moving pretty well on the track.