Juggling between her college studies and selling toys is Shobana, a first-year student of Sankara Institute of Technology (Polytechnic College) at Saravanampatti near here. After her father died seven years ago, Shobana, a native of Mysore, decided to sell toys to shoulder her familys responsibility. She would sell toys at evenings while her younger brother Karthik, an SSLC student, sold Kolam powder. On Tuesday Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, who after reading her ordeal in a vernacular magazine, sanctioned Rs 1 lakh from Chief Ministers Relief Fund. District CoÂllector V Palanikumar gave away the cheque on Tuesday.
Secretary of Sankara Institute of Technology T P Ramachandran told to The New Indian Express that the management has offered her three-year diploma in information technology course free of cost as a gesture towards her will power to take care of the family by earning even while learning. Speaking to The New Indian Express Shobhana said that she is compelled to raise money by selling toys since her mother was ill and was confined to home.
Only to help me, my mother used to come to GandhipuÂram from Eachanari during afternoon. I used to join her at 5.30 pm after returning from my college, Shobhana said, adding that she used to get around Rs 100 which did not suffice. At least we could keep the wolf out of the door with the meagre earnings, she said. On her future plans, Shobhana said that she plans to pursue her B Tech after her Diploma in Information Technology.