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  • SRI JONNALAGADDA VENKATAKRISHNAYYA, SMT. MANIKYAMMA & SRI VENKATAPPAYYA SASTRY

    htmlentities(Jonnalagadda Family Endowment in memory of Sri Jonnalagadda Venkata Krishnayya, Smt. Mankyammma and Sri Venkatappayya Sastry Foreseeing the value of formal education for future generations of his family, Sri Jonnalagaddda Sitaramayya (1864-19330) moved residence from Ramanagram village in Divi Taluka, Krishna District to the nearby town of Machilipatnam which was gaining prominence for higher formal education. This helped greatly and all three of his sons became graduates in the early 1900s. The youngest son Sri Venkata Krishnayya (1895-1964) received BA and BL Degree from Madras University and practiced law in the local district and subordinate courts. Realizing that this profession did not ensure stable income except for the very few extremely successful ones, he encouraged his sons to pursue careers of their interest and expectations. Besides law, Sri Venkata Krishnayya volunteered his time to the promotion of educational facilities in Machilipatnam. He was elected a member of the Managing Committee of the Hindu College, its High School and branches for a number of years. A man of few words, this deeply caring family patriarch lived an exemplary, principled life. Smt. Manikyamma (1913-1980), wife of Sri Venkata Krishnayya was an orphan raised by a loving aunt and married early. A beautiful lady with child-like simplicity, she was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother in her lifetime. Together with her husband, she headed a home which supported several members of Sri Venkata Krishnayya’s extended family, and also raised six children who in turn went on to lead productive lives. All the three sons of Sri Venkata Krishnayya and Smt. Manikyamma received post-graduate degrees. The eldest son Sri Venkatapayya Sastry (1930-1987) had a brilliant academic record through high school and college, standing First in Telugu Language and Second in English Language in the Intermediate examinations o the Andhra University in 1947. Later in 1951, he secured first rank in BE (Telecommunications) from a premier educational institution of its time – the college of Engeneering at Guindy, Madras. While working in the Indian Telecommunication Service (ITS), he went to the USA and completed his MS in Electrical and Communications Engineering, returning in 1971 to continue his service as a government servant. Sri Venkatappaya Sastry was an erudite scholar who pursued diverse interests like advanced Mathematics, Computer Science, German and Spanish languages, advaita philosophy and poetry and short stories in Telugu. Despite never having studied music formally, he was deeply interested in classical carnatic music , sang well, often engaging in “ identify the rage” contests with his nieces and nephews who formally learnt music. His hallmark was his work eithic, personal integrity and honesty for which he was admired and respected by his colleagues and friends alike. Sri Sastry was workin as Senior Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Post and Telegraphs (P & T) Board, Govt., of India, New Delhi when his life was cut short by a massive cardiac arrest in January 1987. Due to the impact of education on his own family, Sri Rama Sastri the second son of Sri Venkata Krishnayya and Smt. Manikayamma, and younger brother of Sri Venkatappayya Sastry instituted this endowment to provide financial assistance to the deserving, and over time this endowment will be enhanced by other members of the family. He hopes that the beneficiaries too, when they are settled, will “ pay forward” by similarly helping deserving yet financially challenged students in the future. Persons who contributed to this Endowment : Sri Jonnalagadda Ramasastry & Family Members. Beneficiaries of Endowment : 1.Mr. B Gargeya Received support from 2014 to finish his B-tech Program and also later for preparation of TOFEL & GRE to get a overseas seat to do MS Program and presently working with Tech Mahindra. 2. Mr. Vanka Sai Suresh Received support for doing the B-tech Program for the year 2014-18 and presently working as associate engineer with Capgemini Bengaluru. 3. Mr. T V V N S Sri Krishna , Receiving support from 2017-18 for doing his B-tech Program from NIT Warangal . 4. Kum A. Y Haindavi Saraswathi , Receiving support from 2018-19 doing her B-tech Program from IIT Patna. ,ENT_HTML5)

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