Karimnagar: A well-paying job in Google, settled comfortably in the US, what more could one ask for? Well, for some like Goverdhan Reddy Mucharla, their roots keep tugging at their heart, often because of their past, and they start lighting up others lives.
Goverdhan Reddy, who has been in the US for hardly four years, has already helped 60 meritorious students hailing from poor families in Karimnagar.
Realising that Intermediate education was a crucial stage when it can make or mar a student’s life, he began sponsoring the education of students at this level of academics.
He picks up meritorious students from government schools and pays for their education in private junior colleges. To facilitate his philanthropic activities, the NRI, who is a software engineer with Google, established Sadisha Foundation, an NGO, to help the poor students. A native of Rampur of Choppadandi mandal, Govardhan Reddy had humble beginnings, hailing from a lower middle-class family.
He completed schooling at the local Zilla Parishad High School with support from his mother and brother since his father died when he was nine years.
He pursued Intermediate in a private college and the bill was footed by his grandfather. He went on to complete BTech in Computer Science from Jyothishmathi Institute of Technology, Karimnagar and Masters in IIT Kharagpur. In 2011, he joined Bengaluru- based IT company Inmobi. After working there for three years, he joined Google, Hyderabad, and later shifted to the United States in 2017.
The young software engineer, to help meritorious students of government schools, started conducting mathematic talent tests in 2012. Initially, the mathematic test was conducted only in Rampur ZPHS school, his alma mater.
Not satisfied with what he was doing, Goverdhan Reddy decided to sponsor the education for talented students to pursue Intermediate in private colleges and started this exercise in 2017. All expenses including tuition, hostel and mess charges are taken care of by Sadisha Foundation.
Starting with three students in 2017, the number of students covered by the NGO increased gradually to six in 2018, nine in 2019, 19 in 2020 and 23 this year. To encourage girl students, he reserved 33 per cent for them.
“My life would have been different had it not been for my grandfather who helped me pursue Intermediate in a private college,” he told Telangana Today. The math talent test now covers Warangal, Eluru, Nellore and Araku in Andhra Pradesh.
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