Keerthi Jayadevan could afford college only because of the kindness of a random stranger. Now, this Germany-based computer science engineer from India is helping others who are in a similar position. In a post that is being widely shared on Twitter, Ms Jayadevan revealed that her parents could barely afford to feed their family of four on their combined salary of Rs 14,000 a month, and the only reason she could afford college was because of “the kindness of some random stranger via scholarship”.
“Today, I’m that random stranger to someone,” Ms Jayadevan wrote. She shared a photo of the letter she received from a Kerala-based engineering college, acknowledging her contribution to their scholarship fund.
In their letter, the Vidya International Charitable Trust (VICT), which runs the Vidya Academy of Science and Technology in Thrissur, thanked Ms Jayadevan for her contribution.
“VICT established educational institutions to provide quality education to deserving youth at affordable cost, and to help financially weak but bright students by offering scholarships… We once again thank you for your generosity to support the program which will in turn help a student accomplish his/her cherished dream of becoming a professional engineer,” the letter read.
My parents had a combined salary of 14,000 rupees a month. Barely enough for a family of 4.
The only reason I was able to afford college was the kindness of some random stranger via scholarship.
Today, I’m that random stranger to someone ???? pic.twitter.com/r4a33m2zhk
— Keerthi Jayadevan (@keerthijay_) November 15, 2021
Keerthi Jayadevan’s post has collected over 20,000 ‘likes’ and hundreds of appreciative comments on the microblogging platform.
wonderful gesture.sure, wll motivate many more. you made this world a better place to live????????.
— Vijayakumar IPS (@vijaypnpa_ips) November 15, 2021
When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence. https://t.co/K85NXPil7N
— Arvind Saraswat (@arvindsaraswat) November 15, 2021
— Andreas Klinger ???? (@andreasklinger) November 15, 2021
Many Twitter users thanked her for paying it forward
Paying it forward trumps (almost) every other thing.
— Hardik Sojitra (@SojitraHardik) November 15, 2021
Providing education to any needy person is a very noble deed. This kind act will change a life. You are a star and this will inspire many more…
— Anup Ramachandran (@RamAnup_Engg) November 15, 2021
Ms Jayadevan, who currently works as Engineering Manager in Berlin, had earlier announced a scholarship fund to provide laptops to deserving students. “Improving people’s lives through education is something we care about. But all the online efforts are pointless when most deserved people don’t even have access to laptops and the internet,” she had written while announcing the “dream project” in July this year.
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