HYDERABAD: Governor N.D. Tiwari on Friday gave away the Ramineni Foundation Puraskaarams – 2007 to former Vice-Chancellor P. Ramachandra Rao of Banaras Hindu University, popular playback singer P. Susheela, veteran mimicry artiste Nerella Venu Madhav and an author of children’s literature Reddi Raghavaiah.
At an impressive function, he reminded the gathering that only 30 per cent of children have access to primary education and also that ultimately only seven per cent goes for higher education. There is a lot to be done on this front, he said, lauding the initiatives of the foundation, currently being run by Ramineni Ayyanna Chowdary’s son Dharmapracharak, in memory of his father.
This is the ninth year the awards were given away, in memory of Ramineni Ayyanna Chowdary (Dr. RAV), who was born in a farmer’s family and going to the USA for higher education, went on to became a teacher par excellence.
Apart from the Visishta and Visesha Puraskaarams, students who excel in Class X from all the 57 mandals of Guntur, his native district are identified and recognised, apart from being an educational grant. Among those who shared the dais were Ministers N. Rajyalakshmi (Women Development), G. Aruna Kumari (Medical Education) and M. Venkataramana Rao (Infrastructure, Investment) and jury members G.N. Rao, director, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, K. Ramachandramurthy, Editor, Andhra Jyothi, and magician B.V. Pattabhiram.