Staff Reporter

One of them secures 29th rank in IIT

Thannir Venkat Laxman Rao to start a voluntary organisation

To help at least 20 to 30 students in an academic year

KARIMNAGAR: Kinnera Anjaneyulu, hailing from a Chenchu tribe of Manthani mandal, secured 29th rank in the IIT and a seat in electronic engineering in IIT Chennai. He may have ended as farm labourer because of abject poverty, but for the generosity of an NRI who came forward to sponsor his education.

When he secured 414 marks out of 500 in Navodaya school in Choppadandi, the Masters Junior College in Karimnagar town provided free education. In the Intermediate examination, he scored 978 out of 1,000 marks. When he was unable to continue further education, his college principal Sudarshan approached an NRI Thannir Venkat Laxman Rao, who is working as professor in Atlanta in USA and a native of Pothgal village of Mustabad mandal in Karimnagar district. The NRI agreed to sponsor the boy’s education including his fees, hostel, food and books for a period of four years and even more for his further education. Anjaneyulu is one among the five poor and bright students sponsored by the NRI this year.

The other poor students sponsored by the NRI include: K Vinod belonging to weaver community of Garshakurthy village of Gangadhara mandal who secured IIIT seat in Basara, identified by a teacher Gopal Reddy, K Prabhakar, an SC boy from Bandalingampalli village of Yellareddypet mandal, who stopped his education because of poverty in spite of securing a rank in Eamcet examination and noticed by the Yellareddypet ASI Murali.

Dusa Srinivas of weavers’ community and native of Garshakurthi village of Gangadhara mandal and secured 16,683 rank, Sirikonda Madhavi of Karimnagar town for her Intermediate education. Madhavi’s father an ordinary employee in a private firm was unable to provide education to his daughter.

At a press conference here on Sunday, a local philanthropist Dhanala Srinivasa Reddy said that the NRI Thannir Venkat Laxman Rao had come forward to sponsor the education of poor and bright students of Karimnagar district. He said that the NRI was also planning to start a voluntary organisation with the support of some other NRIs and help the poor students for their complete education from the next academic year onwards.

He said that the NRI was planning to help at least 20 to 30 students in an academic year on his own.