Shiksha Sopan aims to evolve educational module, in direct collaboration with the villages close to IITK campus, that will build knowledgeable, self-dependent, confident, socially conscious citizens who would be responsible and sensitive to their society. Its various activities are spread in and around the campus of IITKanpur, and in the recent past Sopan has conducted several activities in many other cities of the country also. This NGO works in developing three primary pillars of modern society, i.e., education (Shiksha), culture (Sanskar) and skill-sets for self-reliance (Swavlamban). In the last twenty years, this organization has transformed the lives of over 600 families living in and around IIT Kanpur area. Shiksha Sopan runs an informal school, several evening centres, conducts science popularization programs in rural and semi-urban areas, organizes social-awareness, personality development, and youth employment and empowering scholarship programs in Kanpur city and adjoining districts.
Shiksha Sopan thrives to establish a connection between class-room teaching with daily-life activities and experiences. It goes beyond ‘chalk-and-talk’and involves activities involving ‘doing, observing and learning’. With this point in mind, it keeps organizing various activities and projects that are aimed to nurture these values.
Important events, functions, and programs which were conducted last year include, International Women’s Day Celebrations; International Yoga Day Celebrations; Science day activity; Vivekanada Jayanti; Holi festival; all national festivals; World Heritage day activities; Prof. V. N. Kulkarni merit scholarship distribution; visit of several IITfaculty members to our evening centres, Barasirohi Sopan Vidyalaya, and Sopan Ashram, including the visit of Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IITKanpur; discussion sessions on Child labour, Women’s rights and gender equality; book donation camp; ten Days Science Residential Workshop (Bachelor Level Science in Hindi: ALearning Initiative); awareness programs on future education opportunities; Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan, in association with Vigyan Bharati; Seminars on Chandrayaan; meeting of the founding members; tree plantation drive; Joy of Learning workshop by Vigyan Prasar, DST; Teachers Day function; annual function; participation in the Open House of IITKanpur and several other events