Educating Rural India – How Ajay Krishna’s Life Changed At Isha Vidhya

Since his father committed suicide when he was 6, Ajay Krishna’s mother earned just enough for survival, let alone a proper education for him, until one day when he found out about Isha Vidhya.

Ajay has already decided that he wants to become an aircraft pilot. We hope his ambition comes true.

When Ajay Krishna was barely a six-year old, his father committed suicide. Since then, his mother Mrs. Kalaiarasi, has been the only breadwinner of the family. Being illiterate, she is no position to get an office job and manages to earn some money by stitching clothes, but it is barely enough to cover the house rent and other daily survival expenses.

Ajay Krishna with his mother

Money being a scarce commodity, school fees were an unaffordable luxury, and Ajay had no option but to attend a government school. When he grew older however, he rebelled against going to the government-run school because a few of his schoolmates were rowdy and abusive. Around the same time, he heard about the Isha Vidhya Villupuram school and applied for an admission. After looking at his academic understanding and knowledge, the school found that he would be able to join the sixth standard.

Isha Vidhya Villupuram school

It was important for Ajay to get scholarship because of his financial situation. Fortunately, a generous donor offered an annual academic scholarship and the additional mid-day meal scholarship, and it has given Ajay and his mother much hope about Ajay’s future. She feels very grateful that he gets at least one nutritious meal a day. He loves it when Lemon Rice is served during mid-day meals as it is his favourite dish!

Life's hardships have not dented Ajay's spirits. He is fond of drawing and painting, especially cartoons, and loves playing kabbadi. When he had first joined the school, he could not read or write English. Within two years of studying at the school though, he is able to understand the language and has made such great progress that it has become his favourite subject. He has already decided that he wants to become an aircraft pilot. We hope his ambition comes true.

Editor’s Note: Isha Vidhya’s nine rural schools offer education to 5200 children, 2900 of whom are on full scholarships, thanks to generous donors. If you wish to support Isha Vidhya and help it meet this year’s infrastructure and administrative requirements of eight of its schools, please do so at the India Giving Challenge. Your donation will help Isha Vidhya offer a bright future to many other children like Ajay, who will otherwise languish behind. For more details, please contact

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6 years 10 months ago

Good thing. It will also be good if the hate bloggers read these as well. Well done.

6 years 10 months ago

Very inspirational.

Can you pls remove or modify this "...because his schoolmates were rowdy and abusive...", particularly "rowdy". This lad is lucky, but the others who are called rowdy are not so lucky!

6 years 10 months ago

Sadhguru, I bow to you.

6 years 10 months ago

rowdy just means disorderly.. I dont think the editor here meant goondas :)

6 years 10 months ago

Amazing story... truly inspiring...

6 years 10 months ago

If he could not read & write how could they took him for 6 th std.

6 years 10 months ago

And an air craft pilot he will be one day
In a generation committed to a new India
And more such like him will flower and sway
In Sadhguru's beautiful garden called Isha vidya

6 years 9 months ago

He could not read or write English language but his intelligence level, understanding and knowledge of other subjects (Maths, Science, Tamil) was of 6th grade level.

6 years 3 months ago

Namaste Sadhguru,

I must say that reading the heart touching stories of children and their education plus the struggles touch me deeply. I really can tell you that this problem is a big one in the whole world. Classes are too crowded, children bully eachother and teachers can't keep up the smartness of our children. I am grateful for your help and understanding towards the needy child and their parents, they all want eachothers happines. I do believe Ajay will do something good in his life because he has his mother's blessings and yours, mine too xxx ;)

5 years 2 months ago