It’s not only young boys and girls coming in from rural and tribal parts of the country who experience a transformation after entering the Chatralayam eco system. Even older students are grateful to have experienced life in a Chatralayam, albeit for a short time.
Gopi Raju from Machilipatnam Village in Andhra Pradesh joined the Tiruvikrama Bala AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, in 2017 and stayed on in the hostel for the next two years. “Thanks to my stay in the Chatralayam, I managed to get a good job and opening. I had a good time with all the other boys and my hostel coordinator, Swami Sthairyananda Saraswati ji has been a big pillar of support and I am grateful to have come in contact with him at the right time,” says Gopi Raju.
Gopi enrolled in an intermediate medical lab technician course at Rishi Vocational Junior College in Gudivada from 2016 to 2018. He followed this up with a one year training programme as a lab technician at Dr. Gururaju Government Homeopathic Hospital in Gudivada. Here he was able to build on his knowledge in the fields of biochemistry, pathology and homeopathy.
In 2019, Gopi Raju moved to Hyderabad after he bagged a job with Tulasi Hospital as a lab technician drawing a salary of Rs 10,000 per month. The Covid-19 outbreak early this year forced him to move back to his hometown, Machilipatinam. He is working at Tejorama Carewell Hospital and also pursuing his B.Sc degree in microbiology from Pavithra College, Machilipatinam.
Gopi aspires to do a masters (M.Sc) in micro biology. “This will enable me to the best job and role as a lab technician in a top notch hospital,” he says.