Media Personality Dinesh Kr. Gautam, former Journalist works extra hours so he can educate underprivileged children.
Dinesh Kumar Gautam, managing editor of The Cambay Post is a journalist turned social activist, spearheaded an effort to clean out over three tonnes of garbage from the river SABARMATI, Ahmedabad, Gujarat in just two months with the help of Drishti Foundation Trust volunteers.
He went on to study journalism and obtained a diploma in the field from National Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi. After which he took up a job with a Hindi newspaper whose head office was in Gurgaon and then he started paying frequent visits to the rural areas of Rajasthan. “I visited many places like Alwar and Bharatpur, in the Mewat district of the state, and it was there that I realized the lack of proper education, especially, for the girl child.”
In 1999, Dinesh kr. Gautam started a school in Alwar and to manage its smooth operations, he shifted his residence to a place nearby. “With the support of the Panchayati Raj in the village, I undertook many initiatives for the empowerment of children in the village through education,” says Dinesh. However, as his personal life responsibilities grew and he got married, Dinesh switched his job and started working in the corporate sector. A consequence of which was that in 2004, the school had to be shut down.
“The work of journalists is not limited to writing but it also includes collecting information from various sources”.