Ashok Badgy: Ekal Vidyalaya’s Work to Combat Illiteracy in India

Ashok Bagdy works as the Vice President of Outsourcing services for Cameo Corporate Services Limited, which is based in Tampa, Florida. He oversees the development of the company’s Healthcare Outsourcing division. Ashok Bagdy regularly volunteers his spare time to non-profit and charitable organizations such as the March of Dimes, the Hindu Temple of Florida, and Ekal Vidyalaya.

The work of Ekal Vidyalaya started in the mid-1980s when a group of educators sought to develop learning programs in the tribal area of Jharkhand, India, a thickly forested area in the country’s northeast. Within a few years, they established dozens of one-teacher schools across the region. Within ten years, they increased the literacy rate from 30 percent to 60 percent. As the organization grew and its work continued, organizers and educators noted that concomitantly, incidences of alcoholism, witchcraft, and unhygienic behavior declined.

In 2000, the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation was formed to serve as an umbrella organization for the associated agencies, which share the mission of reducing India’s illiteracy. Currently, Ekal Vidyalaya supports over 13 million students in more than 45,000 schools. It hopes to raise enough funds to construct a total of 100,000 non-formal schools within the tribal belt of India by 2015.

Supporting India’s Smile Foundation NGO

By Ashok Bagdy

The Smile Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting grassroots programs that offer children from underprivileged communities medical care and education. This support takes the form of funds and expert guidance. Much of the financial assistance that the Smile Foundation provides to the programs comes from donations. The foundation accepts online monetary donations through its website. It also offers corporations a range of support options, including Pay Roll Giving, Employee Engagement, Direct Child Support, and Cause Related Marketing.

Furthermore, the Smile Foundation offers various community groups (such as schools and college associations) and individuals (including celebrities and college students) options for collaboration. For instance, schools can initiate the Child for Child (CFC) program, which brings together children from underserved communities with those from affluent backgrounds. For a complete list of the donation and collaboration options offered by the Smile Foundation, visit www.smilefoundationindia.org.

About the Author: Ashok Bagdy serves as Vice President of Outsourcing Services at Cameo Corporate Services Limited in Tampa, Florida. In addition, he supports the Smile Foundation, the March of Dimes, and the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation.

The History of Ping Pong By Ashok Bagdy

Ping pong, or table tennis, obtained its initial popularity in England during the late 1800s. Originally called gossima and whiff-whaff, the game was commonly played as an after-dinner diversion, particularly by upper-middle class Victorians. After falling out of favor, ping pong reemerged in the 1920s, and its first official championship was held in 1927. Around this time, ping pong was introduced to Asian countries. By the 1960s, Japanese and Chinese players became world leaders in the game.

One of the sport’s most important milestones occurred in 1971 when the United States table tennis team traveled to China to participate in a ping pong tournament. The event was especially notable as they were the first Americans to enter the country since 1949. Another significant moment in ping pong history occurred in 1988 when the Summer Olympic Games included the activity as an official event. Chinese players took the gold medal for Men’s Doubles and Women’s Singles while South Koreans won for Men’s Singles and Women’s Doubles.

About the Author:

For over two decades, Ashok Bagdy has earned recognition for his abilities at arranging outsourcing partnerships between firms in the United States and India. Having joined the Ping Pong Club while earning his Master of Science at Temple University, Ashok Bagdy still enjoys playing in his spare time.