For Gudimelli Chintu, a 9 standard student at social welfare school in Tiruvur, Wednesday would be a memorable and unforgettable day. He received appreciation from Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, and applause from the audience.

“Very good! I will go through newspapers to see your name as IAS officer,” were admiring comments of the Chief Minister after Chintu fielded a volley questions -- why should you study, what is your goal and what should you do to achieve it, what should you do to become an IAS officer? “Education gives knowledge. The knowledge makes the people understand their responsibilities and duties. Thus the nation develops,” Chintu replied inviting loud applause, and appreciation from Mr. Reddy.

Naik, a 10 class student, T. Koteswara Rao, a 6 class student, Surya Bhaskar, an intermediate student, were few others, who interacted with the Chief Minister. The interaction with students of AP Social Welfare Residential School cum College pointed two aspects: the children have set their goals -- IAS/IPS, agricultural scientist etc; and they love their school more than their home because of the meals provided there.

“I love my school because the food provided here is more delicious. They give us 2 to 3 dishes, while at home it was only one curry,” said Naik, who has plans to become an agricultural scientist. Koteswara Rao has another reason for his love for school. “I am very mischievous at my home. The school corrects it, and keeps me on right track.”

Moved by their responses, the Chief Minister gave parental advises. School age is a golden age, and it is the time when one makes his or her best friends, and excels in study. Students should also try to excel in sports which teach self-confidence. One should not get depressed if a game is lost. Read newspapers regularly, were some of the tips given.

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