Established in 1967, the purpose of the School is to provide affordable quality education to the wards of economically weaker sections of IIT Kanpur’s extended families. These families are not necessarily on IITK’s payrolls, but are nevertheless an integral part of IITK community as daily wagers, domestic workers, rickshaw pullers, etc.
The students of the Opportunity School moved to the new building early this year. Constructed through the generous donations from Prof. Chandralekha Singh and Prof. Jeremy Levy, the School is well equipped with science and computer laboratories, library, and a multi-purpose activity room for art & craft, and music. It was shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in late March 2021. It tried conducting classes online, but some teachers and most of the students did not have a smart phone, and for the ones who had the phone, recharge of data was a major issue as many daily-wage parents had lost their jobs and feeding the family was their priority. Anyhow, through Whatsapp groups ready for each class, the teachers posted audio/video study material to these groups.