Charities – Educational Support
- So for a person who really needs help, help them, but also try to make them develop themselves. Thats another concept.
For example, many people I’ve seen are huge boozers, addicted, with unbelievably low inspiration. You really have to motivate them to make their inspiration come up. You really need to make the depressed people come up—Yes, you’ll do it. You can do it. Giving hope.
Whoever really trusts you and comes to you, give them hope. Thats the real life you can give.
- Sri Kaleshwar
Educational Sponsorship Program
Knowledge is wealth. Many youth with the intelligence, inspiration and talent never get the opportunity to apply themselves due to financial difficulties. In 2008 SSGT and its chairman Sri Kaleshwar established an “Educational Sponsorship Program”. Through this scholastic endowment, several hundreds of students are provided economic assistance during critically needed periods of educational curriculum.
After reviewing thousands of applications, the most promising and most financially deprived children received this award. This financial award ensures that these students’ educational costs will be provided and fulfilled during their most critical 11th & 12th standard class years.
Total cost of the first phase of this program has exceeded $250,000 (1 crore), and will grow to three times the size within the next two years. The next target will be to sponsor over 1,000 additional students for the coming semester.
In a speech to the first batch of accepted sponsored students, Sri Kaleshwar had these words for them:
New Engineering College
- Giving donation for Sri Krishna Devaraya University
- Reviewing construction of the new engineering wing
In 2007 Sri Kaleshwar, the managing chairman of SSGT, pledged over $600,000 (2.5 crores) in total to be used for the construction of a new engeneering wing to the Sri Krishna Devaraya University in Anantapur. This generous donation would allow the college to expand its curriculum, and admit many additional poor students waiting for admission.
SSGT recognizes that the biggest waste of talent is if those students who want to learn cannot due to financial poverty. The future development of society’s members depends on the education of it’s children — without this critical link talent will be wasted. This program now gives the opportunity that talent & education can produce a sustainable positive result to both children and the future of society. At the inauguration ceremony for the completed building on July 22, 2008, this is what Sri Kaleshwar said:
“Looking at the youth working in bars, restaurants and petrol pumps, loosing their strength towards their education life, not only in our country but in all parts of the world; for that reason I (Sri Kaleshwar) donated for the construction of an Engineering college which will be helpful for the poor students who want to do engineering”.
Educational Support Articles
Courtesy of Sakshi Paper
Sri Sai Kaleshwar inaugurated a program on June 4th, 2009 in the local Siva Sai Mandir to organize a mass elementary school program for children to learn the letters of the Telugu alphabet.
Sri Sai Kaleshwar stated that it is the parent’s responsibility to make sure that their children receive a good education to insure their children’s bright future. Swami said, however, that too many parents are making their children into child laborers instead of good educated citizens.
Sri Sai Kaleshwar spoke about the important role that government colleges provide. He said that the necessary steps should be taken to develop the Government colleges and to make them equal in educational standards to corporate colleges.
Swami recommended that parents should send their children to these government colleges and noted that many students who have studied there are currently working in well-paid and responsible jobs in foreign countries.
In that meeting the honorable Sub Collector, Praveen Kumar, stated that every student should attend school, remain to finish the curriculum and not drop out. He said that it is the responsibility of his department to keep the drop out rate low, and have enrolled his staff make sure that this is supported within their districts.
At this time, Sri Sai Kaleshwar started the mass AKSHAARABHYAASAM Program (Alphabet Learning Program) with his daughter, Navyasri, along with 500 school aged children. He was joined by his wife, Sri Mati Shilpa Kaleshwar, Chairman Nagi Reddy, Bhaskar Reddy and Jagadish, and additional staff of the Shiva Sai Mandir as well as education officers of Roddam, (Sri Ramalingam Reddy), Penukonda and Somandapalli mandal education officers.
Courtesy of Eenadu, Sakshi, Surya, Andhrajyoti, Andhrabhumi, Andhraprabha, Vartha
On June 21, 2008, Dr. Sri Sai Kaleshwar inaugurated the new College of Engineering building at Sri Krishnadevaraya University, which has been named Sai Kaleshwar Technology Bhavan. The total donation for this new college amounted to $500,000.
After the inauguration, Sri Kaleshwar spoke to the audience and inspired the students of India to work hard, be punctual, and serve their country by pursuing their educational goals within India. He further expressed that younger adults in many countries were diverting and losing their strength towards their educational lives by pursuing menial jobs in bars, restaurants and petrol pumps.
Because of this conviction Sri Kaleshwar felt inspired to create this engineering college so that poorer students, who have the strong desire to study and become engineers, could have that opportunity.
On this occasion Vice-Chancellor Mr. Aathoti Rama Rao, Higher Education Registrar Prof. Krishna Reddy, Engineering College Principal Mr. Sai Baba Reddy, Shirdi Sai Global Trust members and others participated.
Sri Kaleshwar provided financial help for a poor student to study her M.C.A. (Master of Computer Application). The amount was given through Shirdi Sai Global Trust.
Trust members Mr. Nagi Reddy and Mr. Bhaskar Reddy provided the amount which she needed to continue her education.
Courtesy of The New Indian Express, Eenadu, Vartha, Sakshi, Surya, Andhrabhumi, Andhrajyoti, Andhraprabha, Andhrabhumi
June 1, 2008, Shiva Sai Mandir. 250 of the top qualifying students, coming from 100 of the poorest villages, were being honored and accepted into the Educational Sponsorship Program ( Ananta Animuthyalu ). All these students who came have completed their 10th class education with exceptional marks, and will be receiving a 2 year scholarship thru this program.
During his speech to the students, Sri Kaleshwar acknowledged the 3 top most students who got highest marks. He further praised and appreciated all the students for their highest marks and said that they would be able to join any corporate college of their choosing. Swami also said that he will treat all these students as his own and help them in all aspects to make them become Doctors, Engineers, Software professionals or whatever they chose to become; he said he will take care of all aspects of their careers.
In total, over $200,000 will be spent over a 2 year period for these students in this Educational Sponsorship Program. More than 250 students were selected, and more than 13 different corporate junior colleges will be involved. All expenses such as tuition fees, text books, boarding & lodging will be paid for by Sri Kaleshwar through the Shirdi Sai Global Trust.
Swami said that he is ready to spent any amount of money for these poor students to provide better education who are from drought areas. Speaking to all the students, Swami encouraged them to concentrate on their studies and become the best persons in the society; only through better education can one become best citizens for their nation.
Swami also said that during the past 10 Years he has been helping poor yet talented students, and has seen much happiness in their eyes. Swami also felt the same happiness looking at all these 100’s of brilliant students coming out of Government schools and not from any private schools.
R.D.O ( Revenue Development Officer ) Praised Swami for helping all these poor and talented students for their higher studies and said that no one will forget this help in ones life time. This Ananta Animuthyalu program was started by the District collector Mr. Sreedhar who want’s to help the poor talented students of the entire District to provide better eduction.
Sri Kaleshwar, along with the Government officials R.D.O Mr. Nageshwar Rao, Thasildar’s (Mandal Revenue Officers) and other officials from the education department participated in this event.
In this event Shirdi Sai Global trust Members Mr. Nagi Reddy, Mr. Vijayabhaskar Reddy, Correspondents of 13 Junior colleges and others were also present. Food was provided for all who came for the counseling.
Courtesy of Vartha, Adhra jyothy, Andhra prabha, Sakshi, Surya
Akkili Suresh was born in a poor family. His father Mr. Akkli Sri Ramulu use to sell drinking soda in Atmakur village, of Anantapur district, to support his family. Although his family was poor, his father insisted that Akkili Suresh continue his studies all the way to graduation.
Recently Akkili Suresh attended the Joint Administrative Test for MSc(P.G) entrance examination, conducted by IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) of India. This is considered one of the most prestigious institutes within India.
On his entrance exam, Akkili Suresh achieved 61st Ranking from all tests conducted countrywide, thus making him eligible to join the MSc (P.G) Mathematics courses within IIT college.
Although Akkili Suresh had passed these extremely competitive exams, he was still required to pay the college tuition, equivalent to $2,500.
Because his family was poor and could not afford this tuition, his father came to Sri Kaleshwar and asked for his help to join the prestigious IIT. Sri Kaleshwar immediately accepted, and offered to donate the entire fee for his courses during his 2 years at the institute.
Akkili Suresh deeply thanked Sri Kaleshwar for making his dream come true and vowed never to forget his kind generosity.