Sanjay and Phurba are approaching the end of Year 11 at Dr Graham’s Homes in Kalimpong. Years 11 and 12 are the last two years of school, during which students specialise in either an arts or a science stream.

They both passed the Indian Certificate of Education (ICSE) after completing year 10, and both did very well. At the end of Year 12 they have to take the Indian School Certificate (ISC), the results of which will affect their possibilities for a college or university education.

Phurba (on the left) is in the Science stream, and Sanjay in the Arts. Although it seems a long way off we are trying to encourage them to think about what college course they would want to pursue. The timing is that they take the exam in March 2024 for college entrance in the third quarter of that year. Careers advice is available at Dr Graham’s and we hope they will take advantage of that. We will help where we can.

We have a special interest because our sponsored students have almost invariably scrambled for college admission at the last minute, and sometimes late. Late applications put access to government or private scholarships in doubt. The pandemic has, of course, not helped.

We wish them both a successful completion to Year 11, and hope they put their thinking caps on!


The Children of Sikkim exists to support the education of disadvantaged children from Sikkim, in the Himalaya, NE India.

We are a UK registered charity which helps such children to be educated in Sikkim and elsewhere in India, from primary school through to college or university.

We give a young person continuity of support so as to allow them to achieve their potential.