Madiwala student tops, continues tradition of learning

Student topper comes from a teacher family. Plus new BTM Rotary team installed and temple trust organises donation of school uniforms and notebooks.

Every child’s first teachers are their parents. And if they work as teachers in real life, that can be an advantage.

Jeevitha Lakshmi (15), is a daughter of such parents. Her parents  Vijaya Kumar, 48 and Uma Devi, 42  are both teachers. Kumar is working in R S High School near Madiwala and Uma is working in Eshwari school, Wilson Garden, both private high schools. The family stays in Madivala.

Jeevitha has scored high marks in her SSLC Exam. After revaluation she scored 98% in Science, Social Science and English.  When results were first announced, Jeevitha found she had scored 79 in Social Science. She applied for revaluation  and got 19 more marks.

Jeevitha Lakshmi with her father. Pic: Chetan Boray

She says “I hadn’t expected such low marks in Social Science, and even in English, Science and Hindi. I expected 98, which I got after reevaluation”.

In Hindi Jeevitha scored 96%, adding up to a total of 640. She says is not too satisfied with the marks she got in Hindi.

Jeevitha says that she used to read for 3 to 5 hours a day before exams. But during exam time, she says ” I just used to revise for 1 to 2 hours by looking key points, my father would say, don’t read too much, I may not remember in the exam.”

Jeevitha has now joined the PCM group in PUC at Christ College and plans to take up Aeronautical Engineering later, or a Masters in Physics or Maths, as her father prefers.

Vijaya Kumar is from Gubbi, Tumkur, where his uncle was a teacher. In his free time during his college days, he would drop in at a school where his uncle was a teacher, and teach the children. He says, students in village are creative and intelligent, “but we have to just (help improve) the confidence”.

Kumar is a passionate teacher and explains how he helps students in his school prepare for board exams.

His method is simple but effective. By December, he completes the portions and expects students to be diligent in their classwork and homework. Then his class starts solving problems from question banks for about 10 papers in each subject, with multiple choice questions and diagrams every day. He dedicates an extra hour each day after school to clarify their doubts.

Kumar says, “In fact we will train our students from 8th standard itself (to face the board exams) because  we can’t do any magic when they come to 10th standard”.

Chetan Boray

A club with a mega idea

The new set of office bearers of Rotary Bangalore Mega City were installed at Koramangala Club on 26th July at 7.30 pm.

Varadha Murthy, President for 2009-2010 handed over the baton to Ramanujam V for the year 2010-2011


This young BTM Layout based chapter of Rotary was started in the year 2003 with the goal to support young cancer patients at Kidwai Institute. They will fund the children’s cure and rehabilitation.

The group has selected six cancer afflicted children. This was done in co-operation with Kidwai Institute. Four children are currently undergoing treatment and they are raising funds for two more children.

Temple trust into charity too

Sri Vigneshwara Public Charitable Trust (SVPT) in BTM Layout II Stage organised a public service function recently.

On July 17th, 120 students of Sri Vidya Jyothi School BTM II and Jnana Degula Vidyalaya (BTM I stage) got school uniforms and another set of 120 students got note books.

Distribution of uniform and Notebooks by Sri Vigneshwara Public Charitable Trust. Pic: C A Sathyanarayana

H Chittaranjan, Chief Executive, Bangalore Rural Zilla Parishad and BTM resident, distributed the gifts. The programme was chaired by S Jayaram Reddy, the chief patron of the temple trust and Dr D B Basavegowda, chief patron of BTM Layout Welfare Association. BTM Layout MLA Ramalinga Reddy (INC) presided and BTM Layout Corporator GNR Babu was also present.

Vigneshwara Temple conducts weekly religious programmes and also carries out charitable activities in aid of poor students. Å

Ramamurthy is president of BTM Welfare Association. As told to Chetan Boray.

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