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Ace Alumni: Toppers at studies, jobs and caring for their families

Human Impact Stories
11 June, 2021
3:32 PM

Isha Vidhya alumni are proving their mettle in varied professional fields and also in managing multiple responsibilities at a rather tender age. Read on to know more about the resourceful Isha Vidhya alumni who are now making their mark professionally, and playing a larger role at home by supporting their families financially.

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Sixty-four percent of Isha Vidhya students study on scholarships and complete their school education thanks to the support and benevolence of donors. It's very gratifying to see these students grow and become capable enough to extend financial support to their families soon after leaving school.

Schooling is a privilege for a majority of our students who come from underprivileged backgrounds. It’s quite heartening to read stories about these resourceful Isha Vidhya alumni who are now employed, making their mark professionally, and playing a larger role at home.

Aspiring for a dream job at Adobe or Google

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Kirthiv joined Isha Vidhya Vanavasi in class 8 on a scholarship and did well in his studies. Kirthiv’s father is a photographer and his mother is a teacher. Due to a financial crisis in the family, he had to take up a job soon after finishing school and is now doing an internship at Tinkerkraft – a company working on Artificial Intelligence – in a few programming languages such as Python and Javascript. His monthly salary is Rs 15,000 which helps him contribute to his family’s expenses.

He secured this job after doing a year-long course in computer software at NavGurukul – a non-profit organization that provides software training to young people from financially weak backgrounds.

Kirthiv says that what he loved about Isha Vidhya was the learning based on activities, and Yoga which helped him feel refreshed and healthy in body and mind. He attributes his learning and journey this far to the inspiration and motivation of his teachers.

He’s determined to resume academics soon and work at Google or Adobe in the future.

A first-generation school-goer works at CEAT Tyres

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Induja T. works in the production department of CEAT Tyres Pvt. Ltd. She got the job after completing a 2-year Diploma course in Electrical and Communication Engineering from a Government Polytechnic College. With help of her monthly salary of Rs 12,000, she is now able to shoulder her domestic financial responsibility with her father, who is an illiterate farmer.

She joined Isha Vidhya Tuticorin in class 4 on a scholarship and did well in studies as well as in sports – she won prizes in running, shot put and throwball. She feels blessed for the encouragement and support that her teachers gave her at Isha Vidhya.

Soon after completing schooling Induja had to quickly take up a job to help manage the financial crisis of her family. But, she has not given up on her dream. She aims to resume her studies soon, and pursue higher studies in computer science.

Full-time employee, part-time student

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Paranthaman works at Social Labs as a backend developer and earns Rs 20,000 a month even as he is studying in the first year of BCA. Much like Induja and Kirthiv, Paranthaman too had to take up the job rather urgently because of his family’s financial condition.

He had joined Isha Vidhya Villupuram in class 5 on a scholarship and right from day 1 he was a studious boy. After passing class 12, he joined NavGurukul for a year-long course in computer software.

Paranthaman was also keen on sports and had won the 400 m relay at the zonal level. He says that his teachers, who were wonderful, impartial mentors and very encouraging, have shaped him into who he is now.

Paranthaman plans to pursue higher studies and reach greater heights in his chosen field.

Happy to be financially independent

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After completing class 12 with a score of 75%, Subramaniam joined NavGurukul for a year-long course in software engineering, which he was very keen to pursue. He now works in a software firm in Kerala and is earning well.

The transition from student to professional has been a joyous one for Subramaniam. He says he’s happy to be earning at such a young age and feels economically independent.

Subramaniam had joined Isha Vidhya Nagercoil on a scholarship in class 2. The son of a carpenter, he sailed through school with ease. He says he has come this far because Isha Vidhya gave him ample opportunities to develop himself, acquire new skills, and helped him choose his career path.

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