Submitted by Editor on Wed, 2016-05-25 21:34 Bengaluru: Tapas, an educational initiative which provides free education at the PU-level along with residential facility for selected students, has changed the lives of many students from poor financial backgrounds. Launched by the Rashtrotthana Parishat and BASE two years ago, 25 of the 34 students from Tapas programme have scored above 90 percent. One of them is Avinash Kumar Mishra. Son of a labourer from Bihar, Avinash’s family migrated to Karnataka due to poverty. His father works as a labourer at the Kaiga nuclear power station. But the II PU results have bought joy to the family as Avinash managed to 95.17 percent in the examination. Yashavantha C is also exited as he managed to score 97.17 percent. A resident of Shivamogga district, Yashavantha moved to his grandparents’ house as his parents couldn’t take care of him due to their poverty. According to Yashavantha, Tapas changed the course of his life. “We had excellent teachers. The way they taught sparked my interest even in boring subjects. I will remember those 2 years at Tapas,” said Yashavantha. Other toppers from Tapas include Praveen Gouda N Patil (97 pc), Sujith D Dixith (96.33 pc) and Sudheer DG (95.33 pc). Praveen Gouda N Patil, Sujith D Dixith and Sudheer D G “These young ‘Tapas’ achievers have paved the path for other students from economically challenged sections of the society to dream bigger. There are lot of students from rural areas who are waiting for the right platform to make their mark,” said N Dinesh Hegde, General Secretary, Rashtrotthana Parishat.