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Valiji Gadhavi: A success story of an underprivileged student
Valiji Gadhavi, a student from Nanirayal (village) in Kutch district of Gujrat, who belongs to a rural farmers family was always keen about getting educated and to settle down in life in a professional way. His poor family was not in a position to afford his dreams. But a life changing event made his dreams come true.

An NGO called United Ways of Baroda (UWB), which is delivering social services in India since 25 years and is encouraging other NGOs to boost the education for underprivileged in the society, has provided scholarship to Gadhavi, and now after completing his BE in Mechanical, he is serving as a faculty of engineering at a well-known Engineering college in Gujarat.

When our Citizen Journalist met Gadhvi he introduced himself in a really different manner saying, “My name is Valiji. The reason that I can even say this sentence is -United Way.” Valiji started his studies in a government school in his village. His desire for studies allowed him to get a seat in Jawahar Navoday Vidhyalay, a boarding school, which provides free education to underprivileged students on merit basis, where he studied from 6th to 12th class.

And after completing his 12th, he wanted to go for higher education, but his family could not afford it. But his father, who was also keen in educating his son, got a newspaper cutting for him about UWB. This was the turning point of his life. He sent an application for scholarship to UWB, and he was called for an interview after a month, where he was interviewed by a panel of five members. The panelists at UWB recognized Valiji’s talent and approved a returnable scholarship and a laptop. Valiji went ahead to do full justice to the faith shown on him and his merit. He secured a seat in the state’s engineering college and went on to become a Mechanical engineer. Today he is working as a professor at Veerayatan group of Institutes. He doesn’t shy away from acknowledging the contribution of UWB in his life. “It is because of UWB, I am settled in my life, and doing a good job,” says Valiji.

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