Q) How did you get introduced to APRJC ?
After my tenth standard, I got through APRJC entrance test and secured admission in Kodigenahalli branch. This concept of Andhra Pradesh Residential Junior Colleges was introduced by Late Chief Minister Sri Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao. He established three centres in the state: Nagarjuna Sagar, Kodigenahalli (Hindupur), Nimmakur (NTR’s village). I did my intermediate course from 1998 to 2000. It was one of the toughest, brave and finest decisions I had taken in my life.
I was attracted by the systematic and sainik school kind of curriculum and wanted to have a disciplined and meaningful study. That time many state ranks also used to come to these students. On the other side there were some bad remarks about the facilities provided by government. It used to allot some eight rupees per day for a student and the management has to provide everything within that budget.
We did struggle in the initial days but as we got adjusted we started respecting the essence of the Gurukulam kind of education and also honed ourselves in facing adversities. Government funded the course fully by giving free boarding and lodging facility. That way we could also save some thousands of rupees for Intermediate course.
We did fair well in the Intermediate exams but as the teaching was not focused on EAMCET, all of us got bigger ranks in EAMCET. But once we got into private engineering colleges, the unique APRJC experience helped us a lot in excelling and our entire batch mates are well settled now.
Q) What do you like about APRJC ?
1) Every student realizes the importance of money and food. Now it sounds funny for us on how we adjusted to such quality of food. We used to wait for our round of making chapattis just to get one or two extra of them than the quota.
2) Daily jogging and drill in the early hours. Though we hated it then but we cherish it a lot.
3) Teacher and student bonding.
4) Discipline curriculum.
5) Friendships that evolved from those hardships.
6) Volunteering, leadership skills, individuality automatically come to a student in this crucial stage of life.
Q) Do you want to suggest anything on APRJC ?
In our batch itself the per student budget increased from eight rupees to eleven rupees per day. Not sure about the current budget but Government should give more grants to these institutions. EAMCET and other competitive exams orientation should be streamlined with the course.
Q) Any final words about APRJC ?
Studying in APRJC is one of the most memorable and greatest things that I have done in my life and I strongly recommend to anyone who is ready to take up challenges and become a better person. One of my cousins joined in the same institute in later batches and he informed that the college has changed a lot with more facilities.