Nishanthini loves talking and has compered at school functions and celebrations. She has also participated in drama competitions in school and won prizes. She says that her teachers helped her in identifying her talent and motivating her to hone it.
In her keenness for this vocation, she listens to FM radio on the mobile and watches music channels and live anchoring shows on TV, and is inspired to follow in the footsteps of popular TV anchors like Vijay TV's Priyanka.
Nishanthini joined Isha Vidhya Cuddalore in UKG on a scholarship and is now in Grade 10. Her parents are grateful for the quality education, scholarship, safety, free transport, mid-day meal, and teachers' care that their daughter receives.
Nishanthini is driven to excel due to her family's economic condition – her father is a daily wage earner. She has been a class leader and a class topper; she hopes to excel in Grade 10 too.
Ajaykumar, who just completed Grade 12 from Isha Vidhya Salem, has appeared for the NDA exams and is eagerly awaiting the results.
He is inspired to become a jet-fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman (an Indian Air Force fighter pilot).
Ajaykumar says, “It's my duty to protect my motherland from terrorism and wars. Reading biographies of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and watching movies like Border and Kargil motivate me.” Ajaykumar, who studied on a scholarship, loves Maths, Physics, and Computer Science. He was a class topper and also won prizes in Kabaddi at the zonal level. His parents feel happy and proud of his decision to protect the nation.
Aarthi, a Class 11 student of Isha Vidhya Salem, was drawn to architecture and interior design during a school field trip to the Airavateswara temple at Tanjavur, Dharasuram, a few years back.
She says, “I was impressed by the intricate designs on the walls of the temples and thought I should pursue this as a career.” She then began browsing the Internet and was amazed by the temples at Mahabalipuram. This cemented her desire to study architecture.
Aarthi has been a class topper and has also won prizes in throw ball and tennikoit at the zonal level. She says that her teachers’ encouraging words, “You can do it, you have such good skills,” inspire her to do well in academics.
She aims to do well in Class 12 and gain admission to Anna University, Chennai, and become an architect with innovative styles for common good. She also wants to build low-cost housing for the poor.