Meet the professor who raised funds for rural schools by begging

In 2010, Sandeep Desai, a 65-year-old former professor of SP Jain Institute of Management and Research could be seen begging on Mumbai local trains. His purpose was to run free English medium schools in rural India with donations from commuters. For three years, Desai spent six hours a day raising money in this way.

In 2001, he set up the Shloka Missionaries trust to educate underprivileged children in Mumbai. After the Right to Education Act was passed, he turned towards promoting the admission of poor children for free to private schools.

Today, his focus is on villages that have no English-medium schools. Desai runs a school in Yavatmal in Maharashtra and three in Sipur, Sadakadi and Naijhar villages in Rajasthan. Two of these schools have received government recognition.