Sumeeti Mittal

Impactful Educator

Sumeeti Mittal, a qualified engineer and co-founder director of Pratham Software, has been working for the upliftment and development of women and children living in the slum areas of Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Although India is counted among the fast growing countries of the world, a large number of its people is still shrouded by illiteracy. Many underprivileged families are still being forced to send their kids to work to make ends meet. These kids might be proficient in their jobs but they don’t even know how to write their own names.

Sumeeti Mittal, a qualified engineer and co-founder director of Pratham Software, has been working for the upliftment and development of women and children living in the slum areas of Jaipur, Rajasthan.

A trip abroad to the US made her ponder over the thought that even the underprivileged children in developed countries go to school and are educated, but it isn't so in India. This inspired Sumeeti to start ‘Pratham Shiksha’ a school for underprivileged children in the year 2005, which has enrolled more than 5,000 students till date. The school which started in a garage portion of her house, has now evolved to become full-fledged school up to the 8th grade, in a rented premise with seven classrooms and other amenities along with conveyance facilities for students. She plans to expand the student base and upgrade the school up to the 10th standard. The school also runs vocational classes of basic home services like electrical, plumbing and stitching courses for boys, girls and their family members. These courses will equip children with skills to move ahead in life and earn a livelihood for themselves. In fact, the school has created job opportunities for graduate slum women, to work as teachers at the organization. These teachers act as role models and inspiring figures for the students. This not only motivates the students to study hard and work towards becoming an educated individual, but also helps women to become economically independent.

She has partnered with a private city hospital to conduct nursing courses for about 100 girls, who have completed their schooling. The girls are now employed at different hospitals and nursing homes.

The school conducts skill-based vocational courses during the day for the women, to make them self-employable or get employed in small scale industries. These include stitching and tailoring, art and craft, embroidery, English speaking, self-defence and personality development courses for the women. She also organizes summer camps for the women and young girls to enhance their social skills.

Sumeeti is an active member of Mentoring Walk - Jaipur Chapter and has been guiding her mentees in various facets of life, be it managing work-life balance or fulfilling their aspirations.

Moreover, she is a part of the Swayam group, which guides women entrepreneurs on how to take their businesses forward. She is also the chairperson of the women’s wing of Yuva Sanskriti Sansthan. The Yuva Sanskriti Sansthan is an organization that does a lot of welfare work for the underprivileged section of the society. Organizing blood donation camps, arranging mass wedding ceremonies and providing computer courses are some activities that the organization does.

Sumeeti Mittal has been recognized and felicitated at various levels for her efforts. The 100 Women Achievers Award by the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare-GoI, Bharat Gaurav Lifetime Achievement Award in British Parliament, UK, July, 2016, are the major honours she cherishes.

Her belief in “It’s not about ideas, it’s about making ideas happen” prompts her to plan and execute different strategies in all areas of interest. She has been instrumental in overall administration, mentoring and grievance handling at all her business concerns. She considers money as an important vehicle to fulfill a person’s destination of understanding and experiencing happiness, and completeness in life. Sumeeti believes that empowering girls and women is the most effective way to end poverty and build a healthy and educated society. To empower women, we need to educate and make them self-reliant.

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