V. Muthu Bramma Nayagi, scion of legendry freedom fighter V.O. Chidambaram Pillai (VOC), was flooded with phone calls from across the country following a report published in The Hindu on Wednesday.’

Ms. Nayagi’s plea for financial help to pursue her higher studies in engineering after scoring 1,130 out of 1,200 in the Plus Two exam, which appeared in The Hindu , drew an overwhelming response from the public.

While the Chennai-based Bharat University offered Ms. Nayagi admission to its B.Tech. programme along with a fee waiver and free hostel accommodation, industrialist Somasundaram, also from Chennai, contacted the family to assure the girl of all possible help in her academic endeavours.

A team from Tuticorin-based Sterlite Industries met Ms. Nayagi at her house at Ottapidaaram on Thursday to assure her of assistance to pursue her higher studies.

Officials from the State Bank of India Officers’ Association visited the family at Ottapidaaram and announced that their association would bear all the educational expenses of Ms. Nayagi. As the girl’s mother, V. Arumugavalli, was swamped by calls throughout the day, the family at one point switched off the mobile phone. Offers of assistance continued to pour in after the calls were picked again on Thursday afternoon.

“We’re grateful to The Hindu . The newspaper has resurrected my daughter’s career,” a visibly moved Ms. Arumugavalli said.

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