In 1997, on the 50th anniversary of India’s Independence, Shakunthala Jagannathan, trustee, The C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, started a scheme called ‘Each One Teach One’ where 50 people were asked to sponsor the education of 50 girls for the next six years.
This has become a very successful project, says the Trust, in a media note.
This year, the Trust will support 2130 students (including some boys) from 11 aided schools, including
- Lady Sivaswami Girls Higher Secondary School;
- Sri RKM Sarada Vidyalaya Girls Higher Secondary School;
- Rani Meyyammai Girls Higher Secondary School;
- Sri RKM Sarada Vidyalaya Model School;
- Savitri Ammal Oriental Higher Secondary School;
- Shri Ahobhila Math Oriental Higher Secondary School;
- Childrens’ Garden Higher Secondary School;
- Avvai Home TVR Higher Secondary School;
- SSKV Matriculation Boys Hr. Sec. School, Kanchipuram;
- SSKV Matriculation Hr. Sec. School, Kanchipuram;
- SSKV Girls Hr. Sec. School (Aided), Kanchipuram
The scholarship amount under this project comes to a total of Rs.79,72,500/-.
The Trust says that the entire money has been collected from various charitable individuals in Chennai and abroad.
The C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation does not take any money for the administration, which includes identifying the children in each school, distribution of scholarship amount, preparing the certificates, etc.
On Friday, May 5, at 6.30 p.m., Dr. N. Kamakodi, Managing Director & CEO, City Union Bank, Kumbakonam, will be handing over the certificates and facsimile of the cheque to each school (however, the money has already been transferred to the children’s accounts directly).
N. Ravi, Publisher, The Hindu Group of Newspapers, will preside over the function.