: Fortune favours the brave. Boldness coupled with determination can take anyone to places. That was what had happened for a Madurai boy who studied in Tamil medium till his Plus Two but is now all set to take a flight to UK to study Master degree in biotechnology, that too with a huge scholarship amount of Rs.41 lakh given by the Government of India.
P. Elamaran, a first generation graduate hailing from a very poor family with his father K. Pandi working in central market here for a meagre salary of around Rs.2,000 per month, can now be a success story for others looking to study abroad. On Wednesday, it was a day of celebration for him as his visa was stamped paving way for his departure to join in University of Bedfordshire, UK.
Passion to pursue biotechnology as a career has been the driving force for this Madurai student who passed out of St. Britto Higher Secondary School in the city scoring 888 marks in Plus Two Board exams in pure science group. In English, he scored 132 marks.
After completing B.Sc.(Biotechnology) from Thiagarajar College in Madurai with 66 per cent score, Mr. Elamaran set his eyes on foreign universities. And, it was not an easy journey for him. He had to run from pillar to post to get several things done right- from admission to scholarship to visa formalities.
“I belong to Most Backward Class category and got selected for National Overseas Scholarship given by the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (www.socialjusticenic.in). Lot of people helped me in this process and encouraged me. They include the Madurai District Collector U. Sagayam and the Broadmind Consultant for overseas education which did not take any money from me but helped in getting all papers for my admission cleared as a good gesture,” he says.
Amidst the suspense of competing formalities and UK admission in time, Mr. Elamaran had meanwhile joined M.Sc.(Immunology and Microbiology) last academic year even while pursuing his overseas plans.
“I was making trips to New Delhi for various interviews in the Ministry. The scholarship estimate was prepared by the Ministry and it supports my two-year M.Sc.(Biotech) course in the UK varsity entirely. However, the condition for getting the scholarship was that the recipient should come back and stay in India for minimum five years at least,” he explains.
Staying in a rented house at Pethaniapuram here, this biotech student had no property to pledge for availing educational loan in a bank or a hefty bank balance to support his studies abroad, but the drive in him and the free support he got from consultant made it happen. “In next couple of days, I have to leave for UK because the orientation for September intake students had already started today. My thanks to the Ministry, overseas consultant and my teachers at every level,” Mr. Elamaran said.
Students who want some guidance on applying for Ministry scholarship or overseas consultant can reach him through his e-mail (elamaran.biotechnology @gmail.com) or to the free consultancy mobile number 97909-50111. “I will help by giving general guidance and they can follow the procedures I did. I am also planning to meet the Madurai Collector Mr. Sagayam and others to personally thank them,” he signs off.
Passion to pursue biotechnology as a career has been the driving force