Meet The Lawyer Poulomi Pavini Shukla Committed To Educating Orphans

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Lucknow-based author, lawyer and social worker Poulomi Pavini Shukla, recently got featured in Forbes’ India 30 under 30 list for her contribution towards the education of orphans in the country.

Shukla a 28-year-old Supreme Court lawyer knows it is an uphill task for the orphans to get proper education but she is deeply committed to the cause.

“I am really happy about Forbes giving me this honour. It will motivate me to work harder in this direction,” Shukla told TOI.

The social worker is on a mission to reach out to as many orphans as she can in the coming years. Profoundly committed to the cause for almost a decade, Shukla played an instrumental role in arranging a tie-up of orphanages with UP’s department of education for coaching and tuition support for needy students.

Poulomi Pavini Shukla is the daughter of senior IAS officers Aradhana Shukla and Pradeep Shukla (now retired). She has written a book called, Weakest on Earth- Orphans of India, which was featured during a discussion on the subject by member of parliament Raghav Lakhanpal. She has also started Adopt an Orphanage program in the city.

Shukla has always been supported by local business houses in providing stationery, books, tuition money and others to the needy and moved across 13 schools in eight cities to work with orphanages.

Poulomi Pavini Shukla initially worked with Kapil Sibal, Justice JK Gupta (ex-chief justice high court) and other prominent lawyers. The cause for which she has been working during the lockdown was to make efforts to arrange smart television for all city orphanages for uninterrupted online education

“It was in the year 2001 when I was nine years old, my mother took me to an orphanage on my birthday where I met children and felt their pain and desire to study. Since then, I wanted to do something for orphans as they don’t have anyone to take care of them,” Shukla said.

Shukla’s family is her biggest supporter in the cause. “It’s a big honour for us. And I’m so happy that the cause she is advocating for, the rights of Orphan children in India, children without a voice, without a family, without anything, will get a boost,” said her mother, who is the additional chief secretary, secondary education. 

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