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Meet Dr. Ramesh. A Journey from Kallakurichi to University of Technology at Sydney.

Updated: Jun 23, 2022

Another well example for the Hard Work Never Fail slogan. Dr.Ramesh who pursuit of success from a rural government in Kallakurichi district. He did many odd jobs to support his studies and the family during school days. His father Krishnan is a small farmer who is typically weighed down by agricultural loans. The family lived in a hut. His mother Selvi was crippled and Ramesh’s elder sister dropped out of school after 7th standard due to family situation.


Despite the struggles, Ramesh was keen to study. He scored 448 out of 500 with a centum in Mathematics in his SSLC. He had to travel seven kilometers one way on his bicycle to reach the higher secondary school in Sankarapuram. And he had chores to complete before leaving for school: he had to pluck the green leaves and vegetables from the farm and sell them in nearby villages.


Ramesh secured 1030 marks out of 1200 in the higher secondary and he missed 100% in mathematics by one mark. The marks helped him to get a mechanical engineering seat in Anna University campus in Trichy. But his family was crestfallen about the education expenses. Then he applied to Agaram Foundation. Luckily, they came forward to help him.


As a Tamil medium student, Ramesh struggled to cope with the studies in English medium during the first year. He took the help of English dictionaries. His classmates helped him to study English. It was a breeze from the second year. Ramesh also learnt the importance of preparing for GATE that year. Along with his friend Rajiv, he studied at GIT coaching centre.


After all the hard work Ramesh cleared the GATE exam and also got a job offer from Sonalika Tractors. But he plan to do higher studies and with the help of his GATE score, he joined the M.Tech course at National Institute of Technology.


Once he completed his M Tech, Ramesh had to make choices again. He got a job offer at Hyderabad. He also got a PhD seat at IIT-M. This time again he chose higher studies, also got an opportunity to complete a Joint PhD at University of Technology, Sydney.


Ramesh completed PhD in 2020 and now working as Assistant Professor at IIM – Kozhikode. My life is an example that perseverance and hard work will succeed,” he said.


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