Fruit vendor’s son qualifies for national science scholarship

Arun Kumar (second from right) with his mother Manjula, father Shivanna, and Akshay Rao of Sankalpa Gopalswamy College.  

A II PUC student from a humble background has done his parents and teachers proud by qualifying in the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY).

KVPY is an ongoing National Programme of Fellowship in Basic Sciences initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to attract highly motivated students to pursue basic science courses and research in science.

S. Arun Kumar of Sankalpa Gopalaswamy College in the city, who is awaiting his II PUC results, is the son of Shivanna, a banana seller at Nanjumalige Circle, and Manjula, a daily wager.

He was brilliant

“We found that he was brilliant and put him through competitive examination coaching conducted by a dedicated cell in our college to train students. And he excelled,” said Akshay Rao, Academic-in-charge in the college.

Based on his performance, Arun is expected to get admission at IISc. based on merit. He will pursue an integrated pure science course leading to a PG. During the course of his study, he will receive scholarship which will be enhanced periodically till the completion of his postgraduation, according to Mr.Rao.

Apart from Arun, two other students – Riya Pearl Menezes and A. Akanksh Manjunath – from the same college have also cleared the KVPY exam and interview by a panel of top scientists at IISc. The college authorities are confident that they will easily make it to either IISc. or Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)

“The best and the brilliant minds are opting for professional courses. Hence, the government has introduced this scholarship programme to draw young minds to pursue pure science courses. This will ensure the growth of best scientific minds to undertake research and development for the country. Arun Kumar, Riya and Akanksh have proved their potential,” Mr. Rao said.

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