Since Kartavya's main target is to handpick children from families who cannot afford a quality education and to give them an equal start, and as equal a footing in life as the privileged ones, we feel it is an equal responsibility to ensure that they are brought up in an atmosphere that nurtures them and gives them the space to be children.

Children from impoverished families often find themselves pushed into child labour, or in the case of girls, married off early or burdened with household chores. Such children may also face malnourishment or suffer from abuse. Most of them do not get to experience a carefree childhood and are forced to grow up and take up adult responsibilities too prematurely. Let alone get an education, they don't get to play with friends, fly a kite or simply look up at the clouds.

Keeping this in mind, we have conceptualized 'Kartavya' as a residential school to safeguard children from the vulnerabilities they might face in their families, so that they can make the best use of their potential without distractions. Furthe rmore, admission to 'Kartavya' will be at the pre-nursery stage only. We want to start early with our young achievers.

The hostel will be housed in peaceful, clean and healthy quarters. There will be 4 hostel buildings of 3 storeys each. Each hostel building will have a reception area, a kitchen and a dining hall on the ground floor.

The first and second hostel buildings will occupy a total area of 122187 sq.ft. each, and the estimate for each of these @ Rs.1500 per sq. ft. will be Rs. 18.3 cr. Each hostel building will be able to accommodate 672 children at a time.

In the first hostel building, 16 rooms on the ground floor will be home to the nursery and pre-nursery kids. Rooms of 1600 sq. ft. each will accommodate 14 children and 2 mothers. Similarly 16 rooms on the first floor will house the KG and first standard kids along with the mothers, and apart from these, this floor will have the Hostel Super's room, 2 rooms as library/study and 1 prayer hall. The second floor will have 16 rooms for the children of the second and third standard, as well as resting rooms for the mothers. Each floor will have 16 bathrooms.

The second hostel building will be identical to the first. Students of standard four and five will live on the ground floor, those of standards six and seven on the first floor and those belonging to standards eight and nine on the second floor.

The third hostel building will have a total area of 71916 sq. ft. and will cost Rs. 10.8 cr. @ the same rate of Rs.1500 per sq. ft. This building will have provision for 360 students. 40 rooms on the ground floor, the first floor and the second floor will be home to the children of standard ten, eleven and twelve respectively, every 3 children sharing a room of 270 sq. ft. each. The ground floor will have a primary medical centre of area 2000 sq ft. The first floor will have a prayer hall and a common room. The second floor will have 4 rooms for the Hostel Supers. There will be 8 mother rooms and 4 toilets on each floor.

The Fourth hostel building, the smallest one, will have a total area of 36426 sq. ft. and will cost Rs. 5.5 cr. This building will be the residence of students who have completed their plus 2, and who are pursuing their higher studies, still supported by 'Kartavya'. There will be 20 rooms of 270 sq. ft. each on each floor for such students to live in on a triple-sharing basis. The ground floor will have a primary medical centre, the first floor a common room and the second floor will have 4 rooms for the Hostel Supers.

Children will be provided with nourishing food appropriate to their growing needs, and simple, clean clothing. Every 7 children will be placed under the guidance and care of a 'Mother'. Apart from ensuring that every child gets the personal love and attention she deserves, a Mother will be proficient in Maths, Computer, English, Hindi and one Regional Language, and will also be trained in child rights. Every child will have access to complete and speedy medical treatment.

Hostel Building

Hostel Building No.1
No. of Rooms Total Area (sq.ft.)
Ground floor 35 31500
First floor 36 31450
Second floor 40 31040
TOTAL CARPET AREA 93990
LOADING @ 30% 28197
TOTAL built up 122187
Hostel Building No.2
No. of Rooms Total Area (sq.ft.)
Ground floor 35 31500
First floor 36 31450
Second floor 40 31040
TOTAL CARPET AREA 93990
LOADING @ 30% 28197
TOTAL built up 122187
Hostel Building No.3
No. of Rooms Total Area (sq.ft.)
Ground floor 28 9700
First floor 27 9600
Second floor 30 8720
TOTAL CARPET AREA 28020
LOADING @ 30% 8406
TOTAL built up 36426
Hostel Building No.4
No. of Rooms Total Area (sq.ft.)
Ground floor 56 19800
First floor 54 19200
Second floor 56 16320
TOTAL CARPET AREA 55320
LOADING @ 30% 16596
TOTAL built up 71916s
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Munshi Premchand
(31 July 1880 - 8 October 1936) Hindi story writer and novelist, Father of Hindi fiction, the Upanyas Samrat

"To be successful in life what you need is education, not literacy and degrees."