Koteswara Rao's attitude has everything to do with his ability to achieve success, finds out JAYARAJ MANEPALLI
Teaching should include logic and reason behind a concept. Nowadays, students lack conceptual clarity even in basic things Koteswara Rao Walking bare-foot for over eight kilometres daily to attend school made him realize the difficulties encountered by children coming from backward areas. This inspired him to motivate students from rural pockets to educate themselves and come up in life. "Teaching is my passion", says this strong proponent of joint family system. Though hailing from an agricultural family, he became the first graduate from Dammalapadu village of Muppala mandal in Guntur district. Scaling the ladder of success, he then became the executive director of Vignan Educational Institutions. Pathuri Koteswara Rao was instrumental in changing the lives of many a rural youth. He took time off his hectic schedule to share the momentous aspects of his life with Metro Plus. His wife Alivelu Manga Devi also hails from an agricultural family of Alluripalem village. She married her cousin and feels she is lucky to have married a caring and understanding person like Rao. "She is accessible not only to our children but also to all our relatives and friends," says Rao throwing a complimentary gaze at his better half.
Koteswara Rao had the rare honour of teaching children at his Alma mater- SSN College in Narsaraopet. He taught lessons in the same classroom where he was a student a few years ago. "Teaching should include logic and reason behind a concept. Nowadays, students lack conceptual clarity even in basic things. Lessons are being taught like a historical event and students are made to cram textbooks, more so after the advent of residential system of education," he laments. Rao's close association with the well-known surgeon Kasaraneni Sadasiva Rao, which he terms 'a turning point in my life' gave him a platform to interact with writers, poets and novelists in literary meetings, thus inculcating in him a taste for literary activities. He rarely teaches students these days but takes pleasure in conducting orientation classes for teachers who in turn, transmit their ideas to the students.
Rao authored a few books on chemistry and loves read books on personality development, religion and scientific anecdotes besides browsing the net. He adores the dramatization of situations in Shakespeare's writings. Manga Devi likes to cook good food for the family and enjoys knitting and embroidery. Their eldest son Kiran Choudary is an orthopaedic surgeon. Rao and Manga Devi readily accepted a gynecologist from the Konkan region as their daughter-in-law. "My mother-in- law is a very good friend of mine," says their beaming daughter-in-law Sahana. Rao's daughter Radhika teaches in a college while his youngest son Sreekanth runs the Krishnaveni Group of colleges in Palnadu region. Besides being the guiding spirit for their three children who are settled in life, the couple loves playing with their granddaughter, Sarada, who they call their source of joy and happiness at home. Rao says his mother was the inspiration behind his spirit of commitment and is happy that his children have also imbibed the same principle. "We are happy to have raised the children under our constant care and affection. That sense of satisfaction is enough to outdo all other materialistic gains," the couple says in unison.