TAMA 2014 Scholarship Awards in India
Seetha Vallurupalli presents a bouquet to Dr. Chukka Ramaiah (IIT Ramaiah). (Telangana Deputy CM Mahmood Ali appears on the right in the larger photo in the slideshow on Khabar's home page.)
The Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) 2014 Scholarship Ceremony was hosted on the morning of Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Hyderabad’s Ravindra Bharathi, graced by the presence of Telangana’s Deputy Chief Minister cum Revenue Minister Mahamood Ali, educationist Dr. Chukka Ramaiah (IIT Ramaiah), film song writer and national Nandi Award recipient Suddhala Ashok Teja, MLC Sudhakar Reddy, and Rotary President Sridhar garu.
Students, accompanied by parent, guardian, or teacher, arrived at Ravindra Bharathi from 7:30am from different parts of Andhra Pradesh and the Telangana region. TAMA Scholarship Project Coordinator Seetha Vallurupalli greeted them and they expressed happiness that TAMA was recognizing District Toppers, and they thanked TAMA and TAMA donors for hosting the Ceremony.
Seetha Vallurupalli began the ceremony with the introduction of the Scholarship Project, noting that TAMA was awarding 46 scholarships to meritorious students of 13 districts from Andhra Pradesh and 10 districts from Telangana (one boy and one girl from each district).
Ashok Teja garu advised the students to use their time wisely and lauded them for performing well in their studies. He exhorted them to continue their efforts in future in reaching their goal so that one day they would be in a position to give a scholarship to other students. Chukka Ramaih garu lamented that the government had neglected public schools for a long period and urged the government to do more in reaching poor and needy students. Sudhakar Reddy garu agreed and requested Deputy CM Mahamood Ali to change the system so that government schools can have more resources for the poor. Sridhar garu noted that Rotary has been helping. Minister Mahamood Ali responded that the Government was hiring extra police to ensure that students in remote places can attend school without fear. He assured the gathering that every child will attend school.
The ceremony was made possible with the generosity of Platinum Sponsor Pramod Sajja of Paramount Software Solutions, Dr. Ravi Sarma, Krishan Mohan Pinnamaneni, Ravi Kandimalla, Padma Krishna Reddy, Ram Mohan RaoVadlamudi, Vijay Kothapalli, Dr. Srini Gangasani, Goutham Gurram, Venkat Meesala, Ramesh Gude, Malathi Nagabhiravi, and Padma Nadella. Papolu Prasad, the founding member of Rotary Midtown Hyderabad helped TAMA reach out to the schools and students. Viju Chiluveru garu designed, prepared, and sponsoring the cost of certificates. Sudhakar Reddy garu was instrumental, and Rotary provided venue and food. Volunteers in both India and Atlanta made it possible.
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