City-based Vishwas Momle has become the first recipient from Maharashtra of the prestigious William J Clinton Fellowship,awarded by former US President- founded American Indian Foundation for developing bilateral relationships between both the countries.
Clinton fellows have a global reputation and act as ambassadors of the cause. By achieving this Fellowship,I would be able to study successful development models across
globe. This will help me in changing conditions back home, he said.
Vishwas,34,worked in the IT sector for more than a decade before leaving his lucrative job in October last year and deciding to plunge into development work by founding an NGO,Madhyam,recently.
I am basically a Science graduate. I got a job in IT field soon after my graduation. I did several foreign assignments too. Despite the affluence around me,the urge to serve the society used to give me sleepless nights. Eventually,I decided to follow my heart and quit my job and move to full-time development work, he told Newsline on Thursday.
To gain an understanding of socio-economic structure of the society,Vishwas enrolled himself for MA in Economics at SP College and successfully completed the course recently.
Vishwas hails from a family of farmers from Latur in Maharashtra,and had closely seen the rural and urban divide as well as social inequality between these two domains.
I am keen to work in education sector,and have already started some activities in Mawal taluka of Pune district, said Vishwas,whose doctor wife is working for development of health sector in Latur district. SP College principal Dilip Sheth said Vishwas is an inspiration for the young generation who feel the need to be part of the social change.
We have been emphasising on traditional careers and approaches for too long. A number of students feel the need to be part of the social change but get stuck up in between. Vishwas stands as an example for all on how to lead life for social change, he said.