Though rapid urbanization is taking place in India, with approximately 121 Crore people still residing in villages (2011 census), the soul of India is undoubtedly rural in nature. In a developing country like India, several rural areas are still lagging behind in an assortment of sectors in relation to their urban counterparts such as education, healthcare, transportation, agriculture, sanitation etc. Keeping the present scenario in mind, it is highly crucial to put continued effort towards the development of this sector.
Vidya Bharati alumnus R Shashidhara Chary of Saraswati Shishumandir school, Karimnagar, Telangana grew up in a household witnessing his father, who worked in government service engaged in the advancement of rural sector. The dedication of his father inspired Mr.R Shashidhara Chary to work in the same field.
He started his career as ‘Junior Assistant’ in Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) after passing his Group-II B examination in 1991, where he worked for 4 years. In 1995 he got selected as ‘Deputy Tahsildar’ by APPSC and worked for 6 years. Later he was promoted to ‘Tahsildar’ in 2000. He held the post till 2007 and worked in remote and Naxal infested areas of Karimnagar district. In 2007 he became ‘Commercial Tax Officer’ and presently is working as Deputy Commissioner in Hyderabad City.
During his long tenure, as ‘Deputy Tehsildar’, Mr. R Shashidhara Chary was associated with numerous rural developmental activities in the fields of housing, sanitation, health and family planning. In between the time frame of 2000-2002, Mr. R Shashidhara Chary along with his team had conducted many ‘Family Planning Camps’ in their area which was immensely successful. Nearly 1000 Family Planning operations took place due to his effort.
Along with his developmental work through his profession Mr. R Shashidhara Chary is also an advisor to ‘We Shall Overcome’ trust since 2017 which is involved with varied social work, in the fields of health, environment, education and child development. Mr. R Shashidhara Chary took an active part towards mobilization of more than 20 lakh rupees as corpus fund of the organization.
While talking about the impact of his school, Mr. R Shashidhara Chary stressed on the fact that the lessons of ‘Dharma’, ‘Seva’ and Sacrifice taught to him in his school still acts as a guiding force in his life. He is still in touch with his ‘acharyas’ who have taught him and likes to spend quality time in their presence whenever he visits his hometown.
He hopes that in future, Vidya Bharati will be able to establish more English medium schools in the rural areas, so that more children can get the benefit of complete education as given by Vidya Bharati schools.
According to Mr. R Shashidhara Chary, his entire family, starting from his parents, Sri Niranjana Chary and mother Smt. Kshema, his wife Pavithra and himself has always been passionate about serving society and wishes that in the near future, his son, Anurag can also prove to be an ideal citizen and an avid social worker.
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