The Founders • The Initiative was taken by • Shri Nayani Venkata Ranga Rao Bahadur, Rajasaheb of Munagala • Cuttamanchi Ramalinga Reddy, famous as Sir CR Reddy • Kotireddigari Kotireddy of Cuddapah
Other members of the founding committee • Rai Bahadur S. Venkat Reddy of Bollaram • K. Adinarayan Reddy of Allur, Nellore district • Bezawada Chandrasekhara Reddy of Nellore District • Malladi Sathi Reddy of East Godavari District • E.V. Sundar Reddy of Madras
Among its illustrious members.. • Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, former CM of AP and Speaker, Loksabha • Bezawada Gopal Reddy, former CM and Union Minister • Raja Rameshwar Rao of Wanaparthy • Pingali Venkata Rama Reddy of Warangal • Valivedu Narasimha Reddy of Chittoor • BP Sesha Reddy of Kurnool • Many other Reddys of some social standing
Twin Objectives • To integrate different sects into one community (there were 10 major and several sub sects in those days) • To make available financial assistance by way of scholarships to the poor and needy students of the Community
Early History • Since inception in 1920, the Sangham had functioned from Madras till 1956 when the Hqrs. was moved to Hyderabad • Hundreds of poor and deserving boys and girls were awarded scholarships over the years • The beneficiaries were from all parts of the State - Telengana, Rayalaseema & Coastal Andhra; Tamilnadu and Karnataka
Among the early beneficiaries • O Pulla Reddy of the ICS who served in the Madras Presidency and finally became the first Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh • A. Guruva Reddy of Medak district, Communist leader and former MLA • Late M. Balwanth Reddy, Professor in Economics who served as Director/Principal, Administrative Staff College of India • Late M. Ramagopal Reddy, Trade Union Leader and Member Parliament from Nizamabad District • Late Dr. D. Bapu Reddy, Internationally known Agricultural Scientist of Medak District
Among the early beneficiaries(Contd.) • Sri V. Malakonda Reddy, Engineer and Educationist • Dr. D. Bhaskar Reddy, former Director, Medical Services • Dr. L. Bhasker Reddy, former Supdt., Osmania General Hospital • Smt. Dr. P. Mahalakshmi, President of the Reddy Jana Sangham, former Commissioner of A.P. Vaidya Vidhana Parishan & formerly Physician to Prime Minister of India • Dr. J. Bapu Reddy, IAS (Retd.) and Telugu Poet • Sri O. Bhaskar Reddy, IPS (Retd.) and scores of distinguished professionals both inside and outside the country many of whom now help the Sangham with contributions in gratitude
Centenary not faraway • The Sangham is shortly (10 years from now) to complete a century of service to the community • Time to take stock of its activities and redefine the priorities for the second century
Of the two objectives set for the Sangham… The Sangham succeeded in integrating different sects among Reddys into one strong community; this has enabled the community to make an impact in various fields, particularly in politics
Reaching out to the poor and needy … Though the Sangham has helped many poor and needy students, what has been done falls far short of what needs to be done!
Reaching out … • Many poor and deserving students are not given scholarships for want of funds • Lucky ones who secure scholarships are to be content with modest amounts
Education, the key initiative • Only education can empower the poor • The poor Reddy boys and girls look up to the Sangham for support • Number of applications has been increasing from year to year
Applications received for Scholarships from 2001-02 to 2007-08 Year Number of Applications received 2001-02 300 2002-03 715 2003-04 830 2004-05 918 2005-06 976 2006-07 1020 2007-08 1050 2008-09 1070 2009-10 1127
Education… • Substantial Corpus Fund is required to meet the requirements • To make some impact the Sangham has to have at its disposal at least Rs.100 m by 2010 • Presently, the Sangham has only Rs.20m at its disposal
Education… • The growth of the Corpus Fund has been slow and does not reflect the recent prosperity of the community
Scholarships Sanctioned & Corpus Fund from 2001-02 to 2008-09 Year No. of Amount Corpus fundScholarships given disbursed Rs.in Rs. 2001-2002 114 5,89,100 50,13,023 2002-2003 115 5,80,000 1,06,46,125 2003-2004 82 4,25,000 1,15,56,125 2004-2005 141 7,26,000 1,25,56,125 2005-2006 194 10,05,000 1,52,27,199 2006-2007 245 12,84,000 1,69,69,491 2007-2008 277 15,15,000 1,95,02,389 2008-2009 300 16,89,000 2,19,31,801 • Perceptible growth is seen only during the past 6 years. This is the period headed by two women presidents, Dr. C. Vasundhara Devi and Dr. P. Mahalakshmi and their team of Committee Members.
Scholarship Schemes - an overview • Scholarships are presently given only to students pursuing professional courses • For want of funds bright youngsters pursuing careers in sports, arts etc are left out • We can disburse only 250 to 300 scholarships though the number of applicants is more than 1000
Scholarships … Scholarship Assistance • Medical Students : Rs.8000/- p.a. • Engineering Students : Rs.6000/- p.a. • Others : Rs.4000/- p.a. Many deserving students are not given scholarships for want of funds
Sponsorship • RJS has Sponsorship scheme also in addition to raising the corpus through lump sum donations. • Individuals can sponsor one or more students at the rate of Rs.8000/- for a Medical student and Rs.6000/- for an Engineering student for a period of four years. • As of now about 35 students are helped under Sponsorship program over the past three years.
Reddy Jana Sangha Foundation (USA) • Non-profit Tax exemp organisation in the USA • It is an extension and expansion of Reddy Jana Sangham, Hyderabad, India created outside India to carry forward the Philosophy of founding fathers by Dr. K. Narasimha Reddy • Mission: To bring social change and promote well being of the community • To dedicate itself to provide education with dignity & honour and enlighten the impoverished youth of the community • Vision: To build an endowment to fulfill its mission of promoting academic excellence of the impoverished and deserving youth of the community.
The RJS Foundation USA contributed the following funds to RJS, Hyderabad during the past seven years for sanction of scholarships 2001-02 Rs.3,47,538/- 2002-03 Rs.1,84,688/- 2003-04 Rs.3,67,751/- 2004-05 Rs.1,97,389/- 2005-06 Rs.2,19,818/- 2006-07 Rs.3,04,610/- 2007-08 Rs.3,03,487/- 2008-09 Rs.3,36,502/- 2009-10 Rs.2,32,042/-
Winners and Losers • Though the Community has apparently prospered, for every one that has moved forward, at least three are left behind • Those who have advanced in life have a responsibility to those left behind. • We have to aim at a win-win situation
New Challenges • Reddys are no longer a predominantly land-holding community • Various legislations affecting rural landholdings have compelled large scale migration to the urban areas • The youth of the community have now to compete for new professions
New Challenges… • Rural youth have to be enabled to acquire skills required for urban professions • Counselling the youth about the new opportunities and supporting them to acquire the necessary skills is an urgent necessity • The Sangham could not take the initiative for want of funds
A wider charter for the second century • To establish affiliate centers of RJS in every district • To provide scholarships for all the deserving and needy students • To substantially increase the scholarship assistance (suggestions welcome) • To establish community facilities like Senior Citizen Homes and Working Women's Hostels • To commission studies and publish literature of interest to the community
Empower the Sangham to do it all and more… • The Sangham looks forward to your participation and help in a big way. • We are not moving forward fast enough. At this pace, we will certainly be left behind!
How can you help? By your association and generous help in one of these categories Benefactor Rs.5 lakhs or US$15,000 & above Patron Rs.1 lakh or US$ 3000 & above Maharajaposhaka Rs.25000 or US$1000 and above Rajaposhaka Rs.10,000 or US$250 Poshaka Rs.5000 or US$100 Member Rs.3000 or US$100
Let us join hands to help the poor among us! • Many extremists are Reddy boys and their victims are also Reddys. This sense of alienation has come about because we have not taken care of the poor among us! • Surely we shall not allow the situation to continue
Let us keep this century old institution going for the good of the community! • Let us associate ourselves with it and strengthen it! Thank you for your attention and patience