“Motilal Gupta is on mission to educate poor children and provide skill development to youth”
He belongs to a renowned business family in Faridabad that runs Sai Dham on the Tigaon Road. However, his deeds are not conned to any section or religion. He has arranged mass marriages of 501 girls from all communities and there are 1100 underprivileged students in the school run at Sai Dham. Motilal Gupta, 80, is the Father Teresa of Faridabad. “I am an ardent follower of Sai Baba. I have been doing all this with the blessing of Sai Baba,“ said Gupta, a resident of Greater Kailash-II, Delhi, who hails from Faridabad.
Born in a well-known business family of Faridabad, known as Mehndiwalas, Gupta graduated in 1955 from the Banaras Hindu University. His awakening came in April 1986, when he was 52 years old. In February 1987, Gupta set up a Sai temple on his sprawling farm on Tigaon Road, Faridabad. The thatched hut where the temple was raised has now grown and is popularly known as Sai Dham. Today his mission in life is to serve the poor and down trodden people. “We began the school with 67 students from the underprivileged class in April 2004. The strength has gone up to 1100. The students are provided free education, uniform, stationery and lunch,” said Gupta. Three student of Sai Dham, who have been orphaned now, are also being looked after by the school. “We have been studying here for quite some time,” said Jai Prakash, a tudent of the school. Nirmal Tomar is a teacher at the school who has been looking after Prakash and his siblings, supported by Sai Dham. Girls hailing from poor families are given free training on Industrial Sewing Machines and girls trained from our centre are absorbed in export houses on a salary of Rs. 6,300/- pm with ESI & PF. Youth are also provided free training in Electrical, Computers, Beauty Culture and Mobile Repairing, said ML Mehta. There is a lot of emphasis on academic xcellence. Sai Dham has 20 Smart Classes and 2 Labs with 25 Computers each.
Students are also taken on excursions. “Our students have been to Bharatpur, Agra, Ranthambhore, Mughal Gardens, Akshrdham and other places in and around Delhi.” Said Beenu Sharma.
Buoyed by the success of education at Faridabad Gupta has also been instrumental to set up another school for free education at Niswara backward Distt. Mahoba, (Bundelkhand-UP) on six acres land enrolling 400 poor children as also a coaching centre at Ghazipur Slums, Delhi enrolling about 100 slum children. Sai Dham performs mass marriages four times in year. So far 501 girls from all communities have been married without any burden of expense on poor parents.