Students from rural areas can compete with their urban counterparts, if not outshine them, provided they fix goals and work towards attaining them, said the speakers at a programme organised by the Sanghamitra Rural Development Society (SRDS) at the Zilla Parishad High School here on Monday.
SRDS roped in intellectuals from different walks of life, who attained high positions in society, to motivate the rural students. The only common thing among the speakers was that all of them came from a rural background and had studied in government schools and colleges.
Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Girijan Cooperative Corporation (GCC) E. Ramesh Kumar called upon the children to remove the notions from their mind that they were from a government school and that their counterparts in urban corporate schools were at an advantage.
“Education is the only way to realise your dreams and it is in your hands to make your dream come true,” he said recalling his student days.
“I have some friends who have made it to the Civil Services after completing their degree privately. Hard work, disciplined way of life, moral values and commitment to one’s goal are important for achieving success in life.
I had done my MBBS from Andhra Medical College and in my first attempt in the Civil Services, I qualified in the Preliminary and Main Examinations but was unsuccessful in the interview.”
“I was told that out of 5 lakh candidates only about 50 would qualify. Had I given up and gone for my PG in medicine, I wouldn’t be standing here before you today. I succeeded in my second attempt. Determination and hard work are essential as luck would work only to some extent.” Referring to his visit to the school principal’s room before the meeting, Dr. Ramesh Kumar said:
“A girl from your school was selected for IIIT and some others have also made their mark in their chosen fields and there is no reason why you can’t make it.”
Former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University Beela Satyanarayana said that many persons who were occupying high places in society had studied in government schools.
He attributed his success to his parents and teachers. “My parents were illiterate but enrolled me in school. My teachers showed me the way and I joined IIT, Delhi, after completing my engineering from Andhra University,” he said.
He told the students that listening and comprehension skills apart from revision at home were important.
He advised teachers to encourage their students to raise doubts.
“This is the age where you can learn and what you learn in school will stay with you throughout your life. Improving communication skills besides innate talents is important,” Prof. Satyanarayana said.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Madhurawada) K. Ranga Raju, SRDS president B. Ramachandra Rao and secretary B. Mangapathi Rao spoke.
SRDS presented ‘Grameena Vidya Jyothi’ Pratibha Puraskars to the SSC toppers from rural government schools.