The Telangana region may be seething with rage after Mandadi Yadi Reddy’s suicide in New Delhi and Seemandhra leaders’ threats of resorting to suicide attacks to stop a separate Telangana state being carved out. But amid this mistrust and mutual hatred, 18-year-old student Chintakayala Bharath Kumar from here, looks at the positive side and wants the T-leaders, too, to take a similar view of those in Andhra, where a foundation has offered to fund his computer science engineering (CSE) course in the reputed BITS-Pilani, Rajasthan.
A brilliant student since his childhood, Bharath, son of a beedi worker, was at his wit’s end on how to pursue his academic dreams. His poor family could not afford to pay his fees though he got the coveted seat in BITS. He secured 993 marks out of 1000 in Intermediate.
That’s when the Chinta Visveswara Rao (CVR) Foundation in Nellore stepped in and promised to bear the entire education expenses (Rs 10 lakh) of Bharath at BITS. Though a strong votary of separate Telangana state himself, Bharath told TOI that he is convinced now that regional feelings should not be allowed to come in the way of philanthropists extending support to poor students like him.
Expressing his gratitude, Bharath said at one stage, he was doubtful of pursuing his engineering dreams. Then a ray of hope appeared when he got a call from the foundation. His fears were put to rest when he had met its chief Anjaneyulu in Nellore recently. Soon, the Munnuru Kapu Sangham in Nizamabad, too, followed suit and donated Rs 50,000 to him.
He said he wants to do research in the field of computers. “After completing my studies, I would take up a job and extend financial support to at least 10 poor students. That’s my aim,” he claimed.
His mother Swaroopa, who thanked the foundation for extending the financial help, said she had never imagined that her son would secure a seat in BITS. “He was excellent in studies right from the elementary school. He never allowed penury to come in the way of his academic pursuits,” she said.
Swaroopa, who lost her husband Gangadhar in 2008, said it was tough to make both ends meet. “But Bharath never lost sight of his goal. I hope he would be of help to the needy students once he gets a job,” she observed. Her two other sons work as construction labourers. TOI