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Helping poor students in his own way

By Our Staff Reporter

VELLORE, MAY 10. Monetary assistance and offers are flooding from different quarters, including film stars, for 16-year-old K. Rajini, hailing from the Narikorava community, a Standard XI student of the Government Higher Secondary School, Kaniyambadi, near Vellore, who scored 470 out of 500 marks in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate examinations held in April 2004 and stood first in the school. Rajini has decided to help other poor students in his school from the amount he has received as he does not require any money to pursue Plus-Two in the school, where he gets free education.

At a function organised on the school premises by Udhavum Ullangal, a Vellore-based non-governmental organisation to felicitate him, Era. Chandrasekharan, its president, said Kaniyambadi has become famous in Tamil Nadu, thanks to Rajini's achievement. He was offered assistance by actor Vijay and two wellwishers to meet his higher education expenses after he completed Plus-Two, said Mr. Chandrasekharan.

At the function, Murugesan, a Standard XII student, who scored 380 out of 500 in the SSLC exams in 2003, and whose parents refused to educate him further owing to poverty, was given uniforms and books from `Rajini's fund.' Murugesan's father had told him that if he wanted to study further, he should raise money by selling tamarind fruits grown in his house. Murugesan offered the fruits for sale to his teachers. But, as they did not fetch enough money, the teachers decided that they would buy the fruits and educate Murugesan by spending from their pockets, if more money was needed. Two postgraduate teachers, Venkatesan and Ramkumar, who were responsible for seven students, including Rajini, scoring centum in Mathematics, were honoured.

The Superintendent of Police, N. Rajasekaran, commended Amudha, maternal aunt of Rajini, who brought him up in her small hut right from when he was two-years-old. Till this New Year's day, Rajini studied under the streetlight near his house. At the instance of the headmaster, M. Subramani, Udhavum Ullangal arranged for electricity connection in Rajini's house on January 1 with donations from well-wishers.

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