It was a memorable day for the students of the Government Upper Primary School at remote Motumalla village in this mandal as the premier State Bank of India (SBI) donated fans, fulfilling its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The joy of the underprivileged children of salt workers and fishermen knew no bounds when they received the 10 fans from SBI Collectorate Branch Manager V.Ram Babu on Wednesday even as mot of their parents were toiling in the salt pans under the scorching sun on the international workers day.
Thanking the SBI for its nice gesture, head-mistress Ch Vasanthi said girls accounted for 80 per cent of the strength of the school. They come from Motumala and other nearby villages trekking a few kilometres each day. The SBI's gesture would provide a congenial atmosphere in their classrooms to carry on their studies. he students with rural background had already proved their worth, winning awards at the State and national level. She expressed confidence that with proper support, they could pursue higher education.
Felicitating an VIII class student Ch.Govindamma, who won the Inspire award of Rs. 5000 instituted by the Centre to promote scientific temper among students, he said the bank was ready to support students in paper presentation as well. The Department of Science and Technology releases the amount directly to awardees by an arrangement with SBI to facilitate participation in the district and State-level exhibitions.
The girl had won the ‘Pratibha Puraskar’ highlighting the health issues of people working in salt pans.