Updated: Jan 8, 2022
M. Aravid who lives in Kavundapadi village in Erode district. Aravind’s father Manoharan is a daily wage worker in the jewellery industry in Erode. Aravind’s mother has not stepped into a school. His sister has studied up to Class 12 and is married.Manoharan had to discontinue his studies after Class 9 because of poverty. But Manoharan was keen that Aravind should have a better future.
Aravin was clear about his goal. He wanted to study engineering through government quota in a government college. He completed his schooling from Kavundapadi government school in Tamil medium. He obtained 468 out of 500 in Class 10 and 1108 out of 1,200 in Class 12.
Aravind recalls with gratitude the efforts of his teacher, Venkatesan, who lived near his house. He would encourage him, tutor him and answer any questions he may had. Venkatesan told the family about Agaram Foundation and that they offer support to poor, deserving students.
Agaram Foundation granted support to his higher studies. In addition, Saveetha University founder who had studied in the same school as Aravind gave him a prize money of Rs 1 lakh for coming first in his school. With all this support, Aravind could complete his engineering education.
Yet, since Aravind studied in Tamil medium, switching to English medium in engineering was a big challenge. For a few months, he couldn’t understand what was being taught. He took English classes with support from Agaram Foundation. It took him nearly a year before he could come to grips with the lessons. Despite that, Aravind passed out of engineering with first class and scored 78% overall and was among the first to get campus placement.
His first job was in Mumbai at Alok Industries where he joined as senior executive. Now he is working as a marketing manager at Shiva Texyarn, Coimbatore.