“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” – John F. Kennedy
Bihar, in recent years, has witnessed good governance on all fronts and registered modest economic growth. The changes have persuaded many NRBs that perhaps the time has come to mull some sort of return or contribute in a more structured and meaningful way to the state’s reconstruction and development efforts. Here, we are listing some of these praiseworthy initiatives.
INITIATIVES BY CHAPTERS
APARNA : An initiative of Mumbai Chapter
People who had earlier migrated from Bihar and have carved out a place for themselves in the leather industry of Mumbai, are now returning back to contribute in the development of their motherland. APARNA is a proposed leather hub at Fatuha, Patna. More than 600 micro, small and medium sized entrepreneurs are expected to invest in the hub. The proposed leather hub is being developed by Aparna Industrial Promotion Council, an organisation established by the members of the Bihar Foundation Mumbai Chapter.
It is expected to be the largest organized soft luggage cluster in India. It is also expected to pave ways for reverse migration and be a model for future industrial complexes of Bihar.
A building for Cancer Patient, Nerul (Navi Mumbai)
INITIATIVES BY NRBs
Chandrakant Singh – Chaitanya Gurukul Trust, Gopalganj
He is the epitome of the oft cited Bihari fortitude. A brilliant scholar- moulded and strengthened by a childhood spent in depravation; igniting in him a burning ambition to succeed and make good on all the faith people had in him.
Chandrakant Singh, a researcher at General Motors in Bangalore, hails from Chamanpura village of Gopalganj district, a place you probably couldn’t find on a map unless you’re actually from there. But this audacious Bihari has put this nondescript village on the world map. Singh, a researcher at General Motors in Bangalore, has set up a primary school, Chaitanya Gurukul Public School, on 13 acres at Chamanpura, his village in Gopalganj district. Construction on the residential school began in 2009 and its first session took off with 500 students.
Amit Kumar Das – Moti Babu Institute of Technology, Forbesganj
Amit Kumar Das, who lives in Sydney (Australia), is setting up an engineering college, two schools and a hospital in Mirdaul, Forbesganj. The foundation stone for his Rs 110-crore engineering college, Moti Babu Institute of Technology, was laid in 2010 on a 14-acre land he bought from the government for Rs 60 crore. His Isoft has tied up with TAFE (Training and Further Education), South Australia, for exchange programmes and faculty visits, and with Outreach Consultancy, an Australian project management firm, to oversee construction of an R&D Centre.
The college will have two schools in its vicinity: one will come up on four acres and will be a kilometre away from the college. This is to encourage qualified teachers for the engineering college to relocate to the village; their wards can study at this school. The other, spread across 25 acres, will be a residential school for children of the villagers.
Omer Hejazeen – Haji Omer Yasin Asim Memorial Institute of Technology, Darbhanga
Omer Hejazeen, an entrepreneur who runs a media production company in Dubai and hails from Biridipur village in Darbhanga district, has got the architectural layout ready for his Haji Omer Yasin Asim Memorial Institute of Technology, an engineering college spread across 49 acres in his village.
For the Haji Omer Yasin Asim Memorial Institute of Technology, Hejazeen has earmarked Rs 32 crore, which, he says, he will fund himself. The campus will be run by a family trust, Madina Education Welfare Trust. In a village that gets “only 10 hours of electricity a week”, the campus will have two generators and solar panels, says Hejazeen. The trust has struck a deal with Heriot-Watt University in the UK for exchange programmes, with Samsung for supply of laptops and a service centre on the campus, and with Cisco for Wi-Fi enabling and biometric devices. The campus will have a gym, a coffee shop, a swimming pool, a guest house, and a 1,200-capacity auditorium.
Dr. Mahima Pandey – Indo-British Medical Centre, Gopalganj
Indo-British Medical Centre at Ameya village, Mahuawan (Kateya), Gopalganj was established by England based Mahima Pandey. Four permanent primary care medical staff are employed and are based at the medical centre treating over 2000 patients every year. A team of doctors and paramedical staff from the UK visit and work at the Centre twice a year.