Good education for rural children was the idea that made C.H.V.K. Narasimha Rao start an educational institution in Tuni two decades ago. That idea was given an extension by his two sons by setting up a state-of-the-art school in Visakhapatnam in 2001.
Meet Vasu Prakash Chitturi and Vijay Prakash Chitturi, the directors of Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan. On the philosophy of their institution, Vijay says: "Our focus is on quality education. We do not believe in the system of evaluating a student by his or her marks in an examination. We believe in the holistic development of a student and that is the reason why we stress on project works, field visits, development of soft and communication skills and educational tours. The development of the personality is more important than stuffing the young minds with bookish knowledge."
While Vasu is a post-graduate in business administration, Vijay has done his M.Sc. in mathematics. "Though we had other options as careers, we decided to assist our father and dedicate ourselves to the cause of education. The first school under the Sri Prakash Educational Institutions was started by our father in Tuni in 1977 and by 2001 it had one engineering college, a degree and a PG college in Tuni and schools in Visakhapatnam and Payakraopeta," says Vasu.
While the school in Payakraopeta is a residential school the ones at Tuni and Visakhaptnam are only meant for day scholars. "The school in Payakraopeta is spread over a huge campus and has all the sporting facilities, right from a 200 metre athletic track to a cricket pitch and from a volleyball court to a football ground. What is missing is a swimming pool. The engineering college is also spread over 45 acres of land and as of nowwe have four streams, ECE, EEE, IT and computer science. As present we have over 5,000 students studying in various schools and colleges under our banner," says Vasu.
For the overall development of a student the parent-teacher-student coordination is a must. To inculcate such a system the environment in our schools is child-centric. None of our classrooms contain more than 25 students and moreover we make it a point to organise regular meetings with parents. None of the students in our schools is considered dull; we treat such students as slow runners and request the parents to encourage them in the subject or discipline they are good at," avers Mr. Vasu.
Apart from starting a residential school in Visakhapatnam with CBSE syllabus the brothers plan to add a few more streams at the engineering college. "We intend to start the mechanical stream shortly once the lab is ready and dedicate it to our father who is a mechanical engineer," says Vasu.
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