Jayanisree was a class topper and class leader – perhaps an outcome of her consistent endeavor to inspire her younger brother Ranadeep to emulate her. She feels happy that her brother is studying in the same school and has the chance to experience all the programs that she thoroughly enjoyed at Isha Vidhya Argonda.
Ranadeep was motivated to match his sister's achievements, especially when his teachers showered praises on Jayanisree. They both felt happy for the extra time they got together while traveling to school and during lunch breaks.
Their parents, who are employees of Apollo Hospital, were keen to send their children to Isha Vidhya as they liked the environment and the programs the school offers.
Jayanisree is now studying in Grade 11 at Sri Vivekananda Junior College and wants to pursue Computer Science. Not surprisingly, Ranadeep, who's now in Class 8, wants to follow suit.
Pradeep, who's now in Grade 12 at Isha Vidhya Erode, reminisces the bus rides with his elder brother Prawin. Being an introvert, the rides with his brother gave him a chance to open up. Prawin's classmates became his friends and they teased him and guided him on those fun-filled journeys. Their parents sent them to Isha Vidhya as they wanted both their boys to receive similar education.
When Prawin realized that Pradeep emulates him, he worked harder to raise the bar for both of them. This ensured that both of them did consistently well academically with Pradeep topping the school in Grade 10.
Prawin is now pursuing a diploma in mechanical engineering at Kongu Polytechnic College while Pradeep aspires to pursue B.Tech in Information Technology and enroll for a Masters degree at IIT Madras.
Perumal and Annamalai of Isha Vidhya Vanavasi are ardent archers. It all began when older Perumal chanced upon some students practicing archery at the school campus and tried it for fun. It soon became a serious pursuit and he went on to win numerous prizes at the district, state, national, and international levels.
Annamalai also took to archery because he was inspired by Karthikeyan, another award-winning archer from the same school. He too went on to win prizes at the national and international levels.
Though their parents couldn't afford it, they wanted their sons to study well. Their dream came true when their children joined the Isha Vidhya school with scholarships. For them, the nutritious midday meal was also an added attraction.
The siblings are inseparable; they walk to school together, meet at lunch, and constantly strive to excel for each other's sake.
While Perumal, who is now in Grade 11, has set his sights on becoming a chartered accountant, Annamalai is in Grade 8 and wants to pursue engineering.
Sreevishnu, a younger sibling studying in Grade 12 at Isha Vidhya Coimbatore, says he felt secure to have his elder brother in the same school. “It was good to study with my brother in the same school, his reassuring presence was a constant comfort,” Sreevishnu said.
Prithvi, the elder sibling, says they often dozed off on each other's shoulders on the bus rides from school.
The boys were so similar that their teachers couldn't tell the difference between Prithvi and Sreevishnu – not just in appearance but also in their interactions with teachers and peers.
Their parents sent both children to the same school because they liked the discipline the school instilled in their first kid and wanted the same for their second one.
Besides being good in studies, both brothers won numerous prizes in art, writing, etc., and they were school pupil leaders too.
While Sreevishnu is still considering various career options, Prithvi has completed his B.Sc in biotechnology from Sri Krishna College and will now pursue his Master's degree.
Durga Shakti Nagpal, an IAS officer with a strong commitment to fighting corruption, was a top ranker in the Union Public Service Commission Civil Service examination. She conducted a Get Mentored session for our high school students, offering advice on how to prepare for Civil Services and other competitive exams.
During her inspiring session, she guided the students through the methods she used to develop interest and follow a study plan to prepare for the exams.
Saranya, a Grade 11 student, says that Durga's advice is already helping her in improving her communication skills and expanding her knowledge. Even teachers who attended the session walked away with ideas for improving their interactions with students.
Mentoring sessions inspire students and guide them for their better careers. We are deeply thankful to Durga for her insightful mentoring session, which was very helpful for our students.
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