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Gopali Youth Welfare Society - Godfrey de Peckham

Gopali Youth Welfare Society is commonly called GYWS abbreviated and is a government registered NGO in West Bengal and aims to improve the standard of living of the people in the village of Gopali. The organization was founded in 2002 and registered on April 20, 2005 under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act of 1961. It is mainly run by students from IIT Kharagpur with the help of professors from IIT Kharagpur and locals from Gopali village. It mainly focuses on raising children along with empowering women, eliminating child labor, and many other causes.

The organization has initiated several free education programs, social awareness campaigns, and vocational training.


The organization was founded in 2002 by Mrinal Kanti Bhanja and registered on April 20, 2005 under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act of 1961. It is mainly run by the students of IIT Kharagpur 62 with the help of professors from IIT Kharagpur and locals of Gopali 62 village. Jagriti Vidya Mandir was founded in 2008 on a rented campus and moved to a permanent campus in 2012. LIGHT, the company's pan-Indian expansion initiative, was launched in 2017.

Jagriti Vidya Mandir

Jagriti Vidya Mandir (Unit 2)

GYWS identified illiteracy as a major concern and launched an educational program in April 2008: Jagriti Vidya Mandir, an English-speaking primary school. The main motto is: "The children should not read and write, but should be educated.

Founding day: It is carried out every August. Members of GYWS run events and various competitions for the children. "133> Teachers 'Day: We celebrate Teachers' Day in our school to show our teachers our respect and to make our students aware of the importance of teachers in life.

Sports day: It is the annual day. The sports meeting held in our school takes place in October.

Day of the Republic: Speech by the main guest, raising flags, followed by the children's performances.

Aashayein: It is the annual celebration of our school where the students from JVM appear in the IIT KGP so that they get a broad platform. It generally takes place in March.


Competence development : As part of this initiative, it is our goal to first impart skills to young people so that they can become a deserving hand for the heir family. In this program, we train educated but unemployed young people according to the requirements of the industry and develop them further and offer them employment opportunities.

Live project : Live project is the channel to get the budding managers on the track of social work. The project includes the selection of potential candidates from the various institutions, which will give them the freedom to work on a problem, and the expansion of the scope of work.

Greenovation: It is an ambitious project aimed at introducing low-cost and organic farming techniques to farmers in nearby areas of Kharagpur. School children are also involved so that they can develop an interest in farming.


During teacher training, the PG and RS students try to help teachers improve their teaching skills. In this initiative, the students of JVM are taught how to use computers. We are planning This initiative has also been expanded to include students from other schools. A weekly science-based fun activity was held at Jagriti Vidya Mandir. The aim is to give the children a shine while studying at school. Students conduct sessions to project curious foundations of the science and textbook in an involved way. In addition to regular school, JVM students are also taught on Sundays. You are motivated to study hard and will also receive coaching for the JNV entrance test.


Live together in larger horizons. Following the success of the Gopali Youth Welfare Society (GYWS) strategies and plans near IIT Kharagpur, the society planned to reciprocate similar models of social recovery across the country. LIGHT currently has four centers - Bhopal (MP), Gaya (Bihar), Kancheepuram (Tamil Nadu), Samvedana (Maharashtra).

Other initiatives

Pedals for progress

With this initiative we want to make bicycles available to children who cannot afford to buy their own. We noticed that many students at the IIT simply throw away their bikes when they graduate.


The aim is to create jobs, preserve the environment and empower women. As part of this project, the students voluntarily collect old newspapers in the dormitories of the IIT Kharagpur. These are given to poor rural women free of charge in order to process them into “thongas” or paper bags. There are currently 30 women involved in the production process who have been trained for a week to make thong gas.

KGP Blood Connect (K.B.C.)

K.B.C. is also affiliated with the Kharagpur Voluntary Blood Donor Organization (KVBDO) and has contacted local Kharagpur hospitals including the Kharagpur Railway Hospital.

Activities and events


To raise awareness of society and its work on the IIT Kharagpur campus and donations from IIT Kharagpur students in the form of a general donation through cash and online payment with a unique agenda every year. It was started in January 2012 with the aim of collecting donations for the construction of land for the construction of the Jagriti Vidya Mandir school.

Helping Hands

Raising awareness of the importance of social responsibility among school children and fundraising to provide quality education to the students of Jagriti Vidya Mandir, a pan-Indian consciousness. The fundraising campaign is to be carried out annually. The program started in December 2018 and had a good response and effect.


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