Hyderabad: An 81-year-old businessman, who wanted to keep the memories of his wife alive after she passed away three years ago, has chosen the best way to do so – by constructing a college building that offers free education.
Construction businessman Raghav Shanker Rao of Narayanguda donated Rs 2 crore to Government Junior College, SP Road, so that the college could have a new building with infrastructure on par with corporate colleges and on a better campus.
Construction of the building is now over, with the government acknowledging Rao’s contribution by renaming the college after his wife Laxmi Devi.
The college will now be known as the Raghav Laxmi Devi Government Junior College, and will function on its new premises in West Marredpally from this academic year.
The new building, constructed on an 800 square yard plot of government will be inaugurated by Education Minister Kadiam Srihari on June 15, according to college principal N Jyothi.
According to Rao, after his wife passed away at the age of 72 years on July 11, 2015, leaving him with five children – two sons and three daughters, the family decided to establish a trust in her name, and then wanted to build a school or educational institution for poor children.
“Our dream is becoming true because through the government junior college, many students will get quality education free of cost,” he says.
The college at SP Road was constituted on 1972 and offers regular MPC, BiPC, CEC, and HEC in English and Telugu medium. Plans are afoot to introduce vocational courses as well in the coming years, the principal said.
“In this academic year, 300 students have taken admission, which is the highest in recent times. We have 300 students each in the first and second year, and if more are willing to join, we will conduct classes in two sessions,” Jyothi said.
“The new two-storey building has 15 classes along with infrastructure facilities on par with corporate colleges,” she added.