As a Commerce student, Ms Lalit Shridhar had to travel long distances to seek professional support to crack competitive examinations. There were not many teachers who could give proper direction or inspiration to pursue the quality education. It was against this backdrop, she along with her husband decided to set up an organisation with an aim to bridge the gap between schoolwork and preparation for competitive exams and reduce the stress on students. They were trained for the IIT JEE and later other courses such as AIEEE, CET, and NTSE were also offered. In a short time, Deeksha established itself as one of the leading institutes in Bangalore.
Deeksha started its journey by tutoring 30 students. They were trained for the IIT JEE and later other courses such as AIEEE, CET, and NTSE were also offered. In a short time, Deeksha established itself as one of the leading institutes in Bangalore. Soon, we found the greatest challenge before students of grade 11 and 12 was time management. Students found it difficult to strike a balance between board examination studies and competitive examination preparation. To address this need, Deeksha Centre for Learning PU College was established in 2004. Here, the Deeksha Integrated methodology was developed where students were simultaneously trained for both the board exams and competitive exams and it proved to be a successful methodology. Since then, this approach has been adopted by many institutions in Bangalore. Over 9000 students currently study at Deeksha and the vision is to reach out to over 50000 students in the next few years.
At Deeksha, Lalit manages the day to day affairs of the institute by handling some key operations directly, to ensure all necessary back end support is in place. To deliver the best learning experience to all the students under Deeksha umbrella, Lalit ensures that the teachers take the role of parents who know their students inside out. Only happy minds can yield great results. And it’s our onus to make sure our children are happy.
Her family members were her greatest support throughout her successful entrepreneurial journey. She says” I am greatly obliged to both my parents and mother-in-law who always ensured all my domestic needs are in place. This ensured I could peacefully concentrate on my work. Thankfully I have got two understanding children who equally respect their mother’s decision to pursue a responsible job. Interestingly, I find my spirit of motherhood helping me considerably at work too. I see my own children in every student at Deeksha. This helps me strike the perfect balance at work and life.”
This year is doubly important for her as both her children are slated to appear for their board examinations and as an educationist, she is equally inclined towards the academic excellence of thousands of students who study in my schools and appear for board examinations each year.