Old students show their school to their grandchildren
: Under the banner of `Sneha Sumalu’, the alumni of 1952 to 1961 batch of Government multi-purpose school (government model secondary school), popularly known as Government Training College, have met after 52 years. And most of them are retired from service. All the senior citizens attended the meet with their children and grandchildren to show their oldest school, constructed during the British time.
Mr Ajjarapu Srirama Rao, retired principal of the JNTU College of Engineering, Kakinada, presided over the meeting in which the batch of about 50 old students participated and felicitated two prominent persons. One is 86-year old their Telugu teacher Ms. Gandavarapu Pullamamba and another person is their batchmate `Padmasri’ Vipparti Adi Murthy, Dean, Research and Development, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (ISRO), Trivandrum.
Sharing the dais along with her disciples, Ms. Pullamamba expressed her happiness over participating in such a meeting.
Recalling her memories with the school and college, she said she was exited to see her old students.
She called upon students to follow ethical values and principles and become good human beings.
Prof. Srirama Rao said that his entire batch of friends felt very proud of their friend Adi Murthy on receiving Padmasri from President of India and added that he is a dedicated Scientist who is still travelling on a bicycle from his home to office in Trivandrum.
He said that Mr. Murthy got three extensions after retirement and is still working in the ISRO.
Prof. Rao hoped that government will give more assignments to Mr Murthy in the coming years who was in-charge of prestigious India’s `Chandrayan’ programme.
Responding to the felicitation, Mr. Murthy said that he had digitalised each moment of his life from his childhood including textbooks he read from the fifth standard.
He asked the upcoming students to give upmost respect to human values than materialistic things like status, money and properties.
The alumni included retired Army medical officer, former GSI director, doctors, Principals, Engineers and about 20 of them have settled abroad.