6 AP students scale Everest despite humble roots
The six Andhra Pradesh youths who literally reached the top of the world on Saturday by climbing the Mount Everest had one thing in common –they all had the rock-like resolve to overcome their humble roots and modest means to succeed.
The two senior intermediate students of AP Tribal Welfare Residential Schools, Vooyaka Krishna Rao and Kunja Durga Rao, who scaled the world's highest peak are the sons of daily-wager, farm labourers, belonging to scheduled tribes. Krishna Rao's parents are agriculture labourers in the Seetampeta Agency area in Srikakulam district while Durga Rao's parents too eke out their living as daily wager. The two were nurtured by the Social Welfare Department and the Youth Services Department to pursue their dream.
G Suresh Babu, who conquered the highest peak along with five others from his state, too belongs to the scheduled caste with his parents being smalltime workers in their native Pulichinta village in Kurnool district.
Principal, teachers and students of AP Social Welfare Residential School in C Belagal celebrated Babu's conquest. Kare Satya Rao of Visakhapatnam comes from a family of fishermen and he was sponsored by the Youth Services Department.
S Nagaraju, also from Visakhapatnam, was a marathoner as well.
Tammineni Bharat from Kurnool district could not conquer the Mt Everest in his first attempt in 2015 because of the devastating earthquake in Nepal but this time, as part of the six-member AP team, he achieved the distinction.
The state government picked out about 65 students from social welfare and tribal welfare residential schools for mountaineering and provided them basic training at the CBR Academy near Vijayawada.