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Men who matter

Sumit Bhattacharjee



Y. Rajsekhar Babu

There is a saying in cricket that fast bowlers hunt in pairs. The phrase is generally used when two wicket-taking fast bowlers operate from both ends of the pitch. The same is replicated here but not in cricketing parlance. Well, this is about two young men who have taken the path of imparting quality education to city students.

Yarlagadda Rajasekhar Babu and Tummala Naga Prasad migrated to Visakhapatnam in 1993 to start an educational institution, which is today a household name.

"We moved to this city in search of greener pastures. After making a cursory survey of a few cities and towns in the State we zeroed in on this city, as this place had the potential but at the same time did not have a good private college. Students were either moving to Guntur or Nellore for their intermediate and EAMCET coaching. We wanted to arrest this trend, and that gave birth to Vikas educational institutions," says its managing director, Rajasekhar Babu.

Both he and Naga Prasad hail from Nuzvid and are childhood friends, apart from being partners in business. While Rajsekhar Babu is an engineering graduate, Naga Prasad holds a post- graduate degree in mathematics.



T. Naga Prasad

Why educational institution?

"My father used to run a school in Nuzvid and both of us passed out from that school. We were exposed to the nitty-gritty of running an educational institution at a young age. This later became our directional factor when we decided to do something on our own after graduation," says the Vikas chairman, Naga Prasad.

The institution that they started with 200 students with 10 staff members in a rented building has grown to a corporate entity with over 12,000 students. There are over four branches in this city itself, apart from having branches in Hyderabad, Tirupati and Rajahmundry. The institution also boasts of two corporate schools, Nalanda Talent School in Visakhapatnam and Oakridge in Hyderabad. In fact, Oakridge is supposed to be an international school modelled on the lines of Doon School.

'We are different'

"We do not believe in stereotypes and our education model is different. We add value at every step and constantly work towards the student focus model. Our main goal is to equip the students for the next generation and that is the reason why we have included courses like functional English, communication skills and personality development. Though right now our focus is on junior colleges that are integrated with EAMCET and IIT coaching but we have plans to build a few more schools in the coming years," says Rajsekhar Babu.

Future plans

"According to the economic forecast, India is going to be the hub of education and health services in the coming years, as it has got the best skilled workforce. Our goal is to encash that opportunity to the brim. We have decided to be in this field and develop ourselves to meet the global standards," avers Naga Prasad.

Stress factor

On the ongoing debate over the stress factor on students in private colleges, Naga Prasad and Rajsekhar Babu say, "The stress factor is not due to pressure in the colleges. We agree that for achieving something one has to go through the drill but the students should be able to cope with it. Moreover, stress is more due to the comparative analysis of parents, the complications of adolescence, advent of the nuclear family and peer pressure. One should not generalise on the basis of a few suicides in a couple of colleges. They are more due to the demonstration syndrome."

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