Arundhati started her enterprise, Progressive Educational Society (Chandmari College) in 2003, with the aim to provide education to students in the lower income bracket. The college has shifted 4-5 times in the last 17 years, due to unavailability of funds to pay rents. This according to her has been a major factor in the college failing to create a niche for itself despite being in existence for a very long time. The fees charged by her to students is low, and most of the times it becomes difficult for her to recover even this amount. In order to supplement the finances of the school, she undertakes Government projects as well.
Over the years, she has seen a lot of ups and downs in the school. However, the Covid-19 and associated lockdowns have brought the school to the brink of closure. She has already let go of the building where the school was located and is looking for a new one. She wants to open a coaching centre which could subsidize the school, but hasn’t been able to plan that yet.
Arundhuti is from Cohort 2.0 of Project Her&Now.