Mrs. R. Rajammal, Teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2, AFS, Tambaram, Chennai, is also the Social Ambassador of Indian Development Foundation. Mrs. Rajammal takes part in various social development projects. She is known for women empowerment programme in The Nilgiris region in Tamil Nadu. Mrs. Rajammal is a role model for many and also a source of inspiration.
Article on Mrs. R. Rajammal published in The Hindu - 15-08-2010 is reproduced below.
Teacher from Badaga family to get President's Award
It was not before the age of 15 that she was first taught the English alphabet. Now, 35 years later, she is a successful teacher in the same subject and is getting ready to leave for New Delhi to receive the Dr. Radhakrishnan Best Teacher Award from President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.
The fact that R.Rajammal is the first generation learner from her family may not be uncommon. But that she belongs to the Badagar community from remote Kethorai Village of Kethi Village Panchayat in Nilgiris District and has come thus far is an inspiring story. People travelling on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway might have noticed the Kethi railway station Coonoor and Udhagamandalam. Her native village Kethorai is a good five-kilometre trek from there.
Ms. Rajammal teaches English and Science to primary students at Kendriya Vidyalaya (II) at Madambakkam near Tambaram. Recognising her rise from modest backgrounds, her contribution to teaching and the Guides movement, the Ministry of Human Resource Development selected her for the prestigious award.
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