Presentation on theme: "My Life Journey - PAY IT FORWARD India Education Forum India Development Coalition of America July 23, 2011 Surya Padala Padala Charitable Trust www.padalacharitabletrust.org."— Presentation transcript:
My Life Journey - PAY IT FORWARD India Education Forum India Development Coalition of America July 23, 2011 Surya Padala Padala Charitable Trust www.padalacharitabletrust.org
Inspiration I am only one, BUT still I am one I cannot do Everything, BUT still I can do something and Because I cannot do Everything I will not refuse to do the Something that I can do.............................. - Edward Everett Hale
My Life Journey - From Tailor Family to NRI Family Dec 1972 – I was Born Apr 1988 – State Ranker in SSC (X Std) with 93% Apr 1990 – State Ranker in Intermediate with 91% Jun 1990 –Top Ranker in State Wide Engineering Entrance Examination (EAMCET)
My Life Journey - From Tailor Family to NRI Family
– I was the first recipient of NSF Scholarship (1990) – $250/Year for all 4 Yrs of my Graduation My Life Journey - From Tailor Family to NRI Family NORTH SOUTH FOUNDATION
My Life Journey - From Tailor Family to NRI Family Jun 1994 Completed my Engineering Graduation Secured All India Rank 226 in GATE Entrance Got into Masters (M.Tech) in IIT Kharagpur Mar 1996 Joined an IT Firm (TCS) as Software Trainee – became earning member of my family & first one in mandal to go abroad Local Tailor Family became an NRI Family
Apr 2002 Started to PAY-IT-FORWARD with inspiration from NSF Jun 2011 Provided 454 Scholarships to Poor & Brilliant Students in East Godavari District of AP Several scholars have become sponsors by paying it forward My Life Journey - PAY IT FOR FORWARD
Scholarships by Category Scholarship Level # of Scholarships % of Total Intermediate (2 Yrs) 24053% Degree (3 Yrs) 15033% Medicine (5 yrs) 82% Engineering (4 Yrs) 307% Diploma (3 Yrs) 266% 454 Total Scholarship amount distributed 2002-2010 = 16,88,926/- ($37,531)
Supported the following projects Water/Sanitation Project by Bharathi Theertha Trust in Duppada Village of Vizianagaram Safe Drinking Water Plant Project by Gavarasana Foundation in Gollaprolu Village School Development Project at MPP School, Pentapadu, Nellore District Few other smaller contributions My Life Journey - PAY IT FORWARD
My Concerns - Am I really making a positive difference? - Am I missing something?
My Concerns How much % of IITs & IIMs contribute back to the needy in society at least to their own village/people? How many are able to successfully handle practical issues in life (stress, personal tragedies, job loss, divorce) Supporting poor & brilliant to become successful in life – without 100% guarantee that they will make society a better place to live in for themselves AND for others?
Stake Holders in Current Edu System – Parents – Teachers – Students – School/College Management – Government – Media (Print & Electronic) – Concerned Individuals & NGOs Everyone blames others (not-me-syndrome)
Challenges How do we enforce character / values / Wisdom / social responsibility while helping them go to school / college? Shouldnt we start this at the Elementary/Primary level? How do we connect all the stake holders effectively and work together on the issues?