Pune/Kolhapur: Ashwini Patil (25), widow of soldier Satappa Mahadev Patil from Kolhapur district, has fulfilled her husband’s dream of building a state-of-the-art school in the village.
On October 11, 2013, Satappa (then 24 years old) was martyred in Jammu and Kashmir. After his body was brought to the Belewadi Masa village in Kagal taluka, Ashwini had pledged to build the school of his dreams.
On Sunday, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur inaugurated the Shahid Jawan Satappa Mahadev Patil School, Belewadi Masa. There are five classrooms (8-10 std). It has also got a computer room and e-learning facility.
Ashwini and Satappa were married for one and half years when he was martyred.
After she vowed to build the school, help poured in from all quarters including the villagers. There is already a government school for children up to standard 7 in the village having about 5,000 population. But the classes for standards 8 to 10 are held in the rooms on the premises of Hanuman temple.
“On the day of our marriage, he had taken me to the temple. He also showed me the room where he studied and said that he wants to build a state-of-the-art school with modern facilities for the children in the village,” Ashwini told Sakal Times.
Ministers and bureaucrats had asked what help she wants from the government when they had attended Satappa’s funeral procession. Ashwini had then refused a petrol pump, gas agency or job and instead asked for support to build the school. Not only government, the local educational trusts also supported Ashwini in her endeavour.
Wants to be a Class I officer Ashwini completed her graduation and also taught the children from the village. She is now studying MA (English) and also preparing for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC).
“I want to become a Class I officer and serve the people like my husband did for the nation,” she added.