In this season of placements in engineering colleges, Prasad is one among the scores who has got a job with IT major Infosys. Now in the final year, he would get a formal invite from the Bangalore-based company after he graduates later this year. He starts with an annual salary of Rs 2.75 lakh at Infosys.
What makes Prasad's case unusual is that he happens to be the son of rickshaw puller. Incidentally, he is studying engineering in the district headquarter town of Nellore, close to Chennai, where his father Penchalaiah ferries passengers in his rickshaw to feed the family.
Prasad exemplifies what one coming from a disadvantaged background can achieve with sheer grit and determination.
“Since my father’s income is not enough to run the family and take care of the additional expenses, my mother Ramanamma toils as a maid in several houses. But the income was never enough to take care of our day-to-day needs my school fees,” said Prasad.
“After seventh class I was on the verge of dropping out of school as there was no money to pay the fees of the private school (YK Acharya English Medium School). But seeing my performance, the school waived my fees till I completed my SSC. I got a fee waiver again at Bharati Junior College, where I joined for the intermediate course. I secured 90 per cent marks in the intermediate exam,” he said.
Prasad wrote the Eamcet exams and secured a seat in Narayana Engineering College in Nellore in the EEE stream.
While in college, he joined the state-run Jawahar Knowledge Centre, which imparts job-related skills to students of rural engineering colleges, and honed his technical and verbal skills.
His dedication was rewarded when he was selected by Infosys.
Prasad was also adjudged the best Jawahar Knowledge Centre student in the state this year and received an award from Chief Minister Rajsekhara Reddy on Thursday.