K.P. Akila has performed the feat of securing 92.3% marks in Civil Engineering in Tamil medium and has won the gold medal, studying the course in the well known Guindy Engineering College.
She had studied in Tamil medium in Dindivanam’s Rosanai Thai Thamizh school, continued her studies in the Government Girls Higher Secondary School and secured 489 out of 500 in Class 10 standard examination. In her Plus 2 in Tamil medium she chose Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry and obtained 1133 out of 1200 marks. Her cut-off marks were 193.23.
She then joined BE Civil Engineering in Tamil medium in Guindy Engineering College in 2013 and successfully completed the degree last year. The Tamil Nadu Governor presented her the gold medal for being the best student, in the Anna University convocation held recently. She also got the Education Foundation Scholarship award and many other medals. As Akila had continuously stood first in the class right from the first year, she also got the best student award on the college Annual day function. These apart, she was also awarded the best former student prize.
“They gave Tamil medium books only for the first semester, but no such books were available for the next semester. Hence I had to read some library books only. Also, some professors will take classes in Tamil, some in English and some others, both in Tamil and English. Some students wrote their examinations in Tamil and some in English. After I completed my degree course, I could not get employment in the Campus Interview for my civil engineering qualification in suitable organisations. I am not interested in working in the Information Technology line and instead, would like to go for higher studies” says Akila.
She has also taken the TANCET Entrance Examination for studying ME and has got 40.8 marks in it. She is hoping to get admission in the Guindy Engineering College itself and is waiting for the call.
Akila is the granddaughter of Professor Prabha Kalvimani (Kalyani), who plays an important role in the establishment and functioning of the Rosanai Thai Thamizh school that teaches in the mother tongue.