Entrepreneur at 16, Hero brings high quality schooling to smaller cities

At 9 months previous, Ajay Gupta was identified with polio, which left each legs and his left hand paralyzed. He right now has a locomotor incapacity of 70 p.c. He confronted many setbacks in childhood, the most important of which was that he was unable to attend college till he was six years previous, as there have been no amenities at the moment.

Going to high school was no stroll within the park for Ajay. He needed to enter a close-by public college whereas his brothers went to higher faculties that had been far-off.

He was accompanied by a home helper who carried him to high school. The identical aide would additionally assist him to go to the lavatory at college.

“This went on for seven years. Fortunately, my classmates helped me and helped me too. Generally when there was a delay in somebody coming from house to choose me up, my mates would escort me exterior and wait with me. Once I began rising up, it was troublesome for somebody to choose me up. So after I turned 13, I began utilizing pliers and crutches and used them for 33 years,” the 52-year-old tells The Higher India.

After ending class 12, Ajay was unable to go to school regardless of having the assist of household and the necessity to research. The explanation: lack of accessibility.

“Even right now, faculties and universities aren’t handicapped accessible. Think about the scenario greater than three a long time in the past. At college, we may ask the authorities to allow us to include an assistant, however these liberties couldn’t be taken at college. So I did my correspondence commencement,” provides Ajay.

Nevertheless, he didn’t permit these obstacles to hinder his progress.

Ajay Gupta founded Bachpan Playschools and is bringing quality education to remote corners of the country.
Ajay Gupta is a serial entrepreneur

He used his time to the fullest and began buying and selling shares on the age of 16. He attributes his entrepreneurial spirit to his class 9 enterprise trainer.

“In our first Commerce class, our trainer talked about what it takes to be a very good entrepreneur, through which he talked concerning the means to take dangers. He bought me on the concept that very day and determined that he can be a businessman,” says Ajay.

Whereas pursuing his commencement, he started working in his household’s companies, which included a sweet retailer and an export enterprise. On the age of 24, she established numerous profitable companies, together with some chit fund firms, laptop schooling facilities, and many others.

But it surely was in 2002 that Ajay discovered his true calling: schooling.

Enhance schooling in kindergartens

Ajay Gupta founded Bachpan Playschools and is bringing quality education to remote corners of the country.
Ajay Gupta has introduced high quality schooling to Tier II and Tier III cities

When Ajay had kids, he seen a spot in preschool schooling, particularly daycare.

He realized that solely the very rich may entry high quality schooling on the nursery degree.

“I could not go to kindergarten. A number of a long time later, after I enrolled my kids in day care, I used to be sad with the standard of schooling that was supplied. And I at all times wished to do one thing within the discipline of schooling. Lastly, I had my breakthrough in 2002,” says Ajay.

He began the groundwork to construct a sequence of day care facilities in 2002 and labored on it for 2 years. He felt that there was a large area within the schooling sector.

“The daycare trade was not that established, there was no curriculum. Once I noticed my daughter’s preschool e-book set, I felt cheated. There have been just one or two books. This motivated me to analysis for 2 years and make kindergarten schooling extra dependable and justified. I then developed a curriculum, content material, and academic toys. We additionally skilled the lecturers and had been able to launch in 2004,” she says.

Nevertheless, Ajay confronted a setback in establishing the nurseries as he wished to determine a community of franchises.

“I had a transparent enterprise mannequin in thoughts. He did not need to arrange one or two kindergartens, he wished to arrange a sequence all through the nation. The start was very laborious, as individuals had been anxious about accepting our franchise. Even my household and mates thought my plan was unsuitable. Nevertheless, we began with a faculty in Delhi, then Punjab, and as soon as the faculties began to operate nicely, there was no going again,” says Ajay.

Right this moment, Bachpan Playschools is current all through the nation, with 1,100 franchisees, educating nearly a lakh of scholars.

With this, Ajay says, they’ve introduced high quality schooling to Tier II and III cities.

Urmi Dedhia, a mom of one of many Bachpan Playschools kids says, “There’s a 10-year age distinction between my two kids. Once I put my son in day care about 12 years in the past, I used to be not pleased with the standard of schooling that was supplied. There was just one e-book, they usually weren’t educating him something of substance. I enrolled my daughter in Bachpan two years in the past and I can see the distinction in her curriculum, the books they supply and the toys. It’s enjoyable and really helpful for the expansion of the kid.”

Since then, Ajay has additionally established the Tutorial Heights Public Faculty, which has greater than 100 franchises. Later, he ventured into greater schooling by establishing Rishihood College.

Empowering the disabled

Ajay Gupta with his family
Ajay Gupta together with his spouse and youngsters

Whereas establishing academic institutes and touring across the nation, Ajay’s well being took an enormous beating.

After spending greater than 30 years on crutches and clamps, his shoulders had weakened. He then needed to change to a wheelchair. However he used this as a chance to assist these like him.

“About six years in the past, I needed to transfer to a wheelchair as a result of my shoulders had weakened. Whereas utilizing the wheelchair, I found the challenges that different individuals who use it face. Though India is doing quite a bit for the disabled, accessibility stays a serious problem. I created an NGO known as ‘Hum Honge Kamyab’ to empower disabled college students,” says Ajay.

The NGO conducts seminars and is working for schooling and equal accessibility for disabled kids.

“Kids with disabilities face many obstacles. The primary is the acceptance of the household. Households mustn’t consider them as a burden and may encourage them. The second is social acceptance. The third is accessibility in faculties and universities. Our Rishiwood College is absolutely accessible, we want extra universities like that,” provides Ajay.

The creator of the e-book ‘Decoding Enterprise Minds’, which is for budding entrepreneurs, now goals of coaching para-athletes.

“The solar shines on everybody equally; the probabilities are limitless and also you simply want to acknowledge and seize them,” says Ajay.

Edited by Yoshita Rao, photos courtesy of Ajay Gupta

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