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Their quest doesn't end there. Most of them want to repay their gratitude to their alma mater by contributing their mite. Interestingly, a majority of the alumni have come up in flying colours and are pursuing good careers. While many of them are spread in different professions across the globe, those in India occupied coveted jobs like the IAS, IPS, senior management positions, apart from becoming doctors, engineers and lawyers.
To name a few among the alumni are the Commissioner of Vijayawada City Police, N.V.Surendra Babu, the Sub-Collector of Tenali, Kantilal Dande, noted cardiologist in Guntur, K. Srinivasa Reddy and the Parvathipuram MP, D.V.G.Sankara Rao, who is a doctor by training.
Established at a strategic location at a foot-hill on August 18, 1972, the A.P.Residential School for Boys in Tadikonda, run by the State Government, used to cater to the educational needs of rural talented children hailing from coastal Andhra districts -- Srikakulam to Nellore (Now the area covered by the school is restricted to Guntur district only).
The teaching and regimen in the schools those days, indeed, played a pivotal role in the all-round personality development.
Students of this school have been achieving laurels at national and State-level competitions held in painting, science exhibitions, mathematics olympiads, National Talent Search Examinations, etc since its inception.
Considering the present-day plight of the school, which is confronting numerous problems including lack of accommodation, toilets and other facilities to the students and teachers and the dilapidated condition of several existing structures, the alumnus of the school, G. Adinarayana, who is presently working as a motor-vehicle inspector at Mangalagiri, thought of bringing all his co-alumni to help the school almost two years ago. The silver jubilee celebrations conducted by the alumni of A.P.Residential Schools in Sarvail (Nalgonda district) and in Kodigenahalli provided the required inspiration to the old boys of Tadikonda.
It was 25 years since the first batch of X class had passed out by 2000 A.D. Ever since the idea of celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the school was conceived, Mr. Adinarayana began contacting the known alumni. The Guntur-based businessman, P.V. Ramana, extended material help in giving a shape to the idea. Since then, there has been no looking back. People in many professions, who remembered their institution, came forward to support the cause of developing the school to the extent possible.
In the process, the association was formed with Mr. Adinarayana as its president, the Visakhapatnam-based advocate, K.S.S. Narayana, as secretary and Mr. Ramana as treasurer.
Mr. Adinarayana said here on Sunday that the Rs. 2.50-lakh donation given by the Guntur MP, Y.V.Rao, from the MPLAD funds for the construction of toilets was the first and a major leap in the process of developing the institution. The alumni association was proposing to generate funds from the old students and get a building constructed and inscribe the names of all old students on a plaque.
The association decided to release a booklet with the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of all the available old students.
This would help many others, who did not know anything about their alma mater, to get in touch with the association.
Mr. Adinarayana and Mr. Ramana thanked the present Principal of the school, K. Venkaiah, for his cooperation in their endeavour.
Appealing to all the alumni to come forward and take part in the silver jubilee function, they said, a special account was opened at CNW branch of the State Bank of India in Guntur for taking donations from the alumni.
They said crossed cheques or demand drafts could be sent to "Residential School Old Students' Association, Tadikonda'' so that the association would be in a position to find out the needs of the school and help the institution which provided them a social status.
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