Ananda Thiagarajan Padmanaban
I have been a FFE scholar for four years during my Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering. I had my schooling from P.S High school, one of the most famous and oldest schools in Millipore, Chennai. During my schooling I used to pay annual fees of less than Rs.1000. I also used to receive an annual merit scholarship of Rs.600 every year from the school.
My Dad was working in a private concern and his Monthly salary was less than Rs.3000. My Mom is a house wife and I also have a younger sister.
After completing my schooling, I wanted to be the first person in the family to join professional education. I was very ambitious to pursue an Engineering degree in the field of Computer science. But knowing my family’s economic state, I knew that continuing my higher studies was a big ‘question mark’, and getting into an Engineering college was a dream beyond my reach.
When I almost gave up all hope then I was referred to Mr. Jayachandran (my FFE facilitator) by a family friend. Through him I learnt about FFE and how the Foundation helps to student like me. I received a full scholarship for four the years till completion of my B.E in Computer science. Mr. Jayachandran was continuously monitoring my academic progress and also guiding me to successfully achieve my academic goals. I completed my B.E with first class and received a job offer from Cognizant Technology solutions though Campus recruitment.
I have been working in Cognizant for the past three years and I have received two levels of promotions. Also I was sent to US three times to handle many challenging assignments.
I’m currently having a successful career and my family is proud of me. I am able to support my sister’s education as she is pursuing a Masters in Mathematics. All this was made possible only by the timely help provided by FFE and the continued guidance & support I received from Mr. Jayachandran.
Thanks to FFE and all the people behind FFE who gave a new great life to me and my family.