N. Lakshmi, a 10th Standard student at Government Girls High School, West Marredpally, wakes up at 5 a.m. and goes to work along with her mother, who is a domestic help.

After working till 8 a.m., she goes to school. Despite a demanding schedule, Lakshmi is the topper in the class and was felicitated by the State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) on International Women’s Day here on Friday.

“I want to be a lawyer, and this recognition from SBH boosts my confidence further,” says Lakshmi, sporting a smile.

It is not just Lakshmi alone. Similar is the case with A. Divya Bharathi, a fifth Standard student at Government Primary School, East Marredpally. Her parents are daily wage labourers and struggle a lot to make both ends meet.

“My parents work hard to make me study, and I want to become a doctor and help them in future,” says Bharathi, who is also the topper in her class.

Right from the first to the 12 Standard, SBH felicitated over 125 girls from 13 government schools in the twin cities and gifted bags and bicycles to a few of them.

“Most of the girls studying at Government Girls High School, West Marredpally, are from low-income groups, but their zeal to study is very high. This recognition from SBH will work wonders for them,” said Vijaya Lakshmi, a teacher at the school.

SBH launched the SBH Vidya scheme to support students from government schools in pursuing their studies. Every year, each branch adopts one girl child and provides her books, stationery and other necessary things. This year, each branch will adopt two girls, said M. Bhagawanth Rao, Managing Director, SBH.

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