The Kalgidhar Trust was founded over 107 years ago with a vision to create a contemporary version of the erstwhile Gurukuls (on the pattern of Nalanda and Takshila), wherein moral values could be harmoniously weaved along with modern scientific education.
The Kalgidhar Trust has embarked upon an ambitious mission to set up 500 low cost schools, all across North India, by 2020. Of these, 125 english medium CBSE rural schools are already operational in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and and produce toppers in their respective districts.
It has been reported that within a 30 km radius from every school (Akal Academy), drug addiction, alcohol abuse and general crime rate have reduced markedly post the establishment of the respective schools. This has happened primarily due to the remarkable positive influence ushered in by the students of these schools in their area. They have played a pivotal role in turning-around their family members, neighbours and village community against the prevailing social evils.
The Trust also runs one of the largest women focussed skill development program of 'Free Teachers Training' to train 2000 (10th and 12th pass) girls into qualified Teachers, who are provided with placements within these schools. This ensures that talent is retained in the villages and the DNA of atleast 3 families changes positively by each of these girls.
Also, the Trust runs a Charitable Hospital in the backward district of Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh wherein more than 30,000 poor underprivileged patients are attended to with primary heathcare and emergency interventions. Four Free Medical camps are held in Sirmaur annually wherein free expensive surgeries are provided to poor beneficiaries who otherwise could never afford it.
The Trust currently has over 60,000 students who are ambassadors of peace and goodness, moving into the society and reforming lives. The ultimate objective of this mission is to establish permanent peace in the world by creating good human material through these schools. Not only social evils, but these students also contribute immensely to India's GDP to the tune of Rs. 135 crores from each school within the next 20 years.
The Kalgidhar Trust (TKT) is an organization with highly established credentials and is revered for its social and educational endeavors across 5 states in North India. Its biggest challenge today is to stall the social destruction of rural North India due to rampant drug addiction, a problem that has reached epidemic proportions. You will be shaken to note that 7 out of 10 adult men and 3 out of 10 adult women in Punjab are on drug abuse. These figures clearly tell the story of the current scenario in Punjab and also underscore the grave need for a massive counter program to repair this on a war footing.