August 8, 2015
For 23-year old Kathiresan Loganathan, a visual communication graduate, the prime driving force is to reach out to Government school students through motivation sessions.
The young educationist turned social activist from the knitwear capital of Tirupur was inspired by ‘Green Man of India’ and social activist K. Abdul Ghani to establish ‘Varnam Foundation’ two years ago with the help of professionals drawn from various fields.
“Motivation is the key to success. And hence, I had resolved to organise motivational talks at Government schools as it would have good impact on these children who might lack in motivation,” Kathiresan, Chairman of Varnam Foundation said. He was able to bring in a change in the mindset of over 10,000 Government school students in different districts through these motivational talks.
This has been possible thanks to gifted speakers like V. Ponraj, scientific advisor to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, social activist K. Abdul Ghani, Vijay TV talk show moderator C. Gopinath, motivational speaker Suki Sivam, Poet Vairamuthu, actor and master trainer Lead India 2020 Damu, career guide Jayaprakash Gandhi, and former High Court Judge Vallinayagam.
Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner Dr. Vijay Karthikeyan inaugurated an innovative project of Kathiresan’s ‘Varnam Foundation’, started jointly with SSP Trust and Rotaract, a few months ago at PSG College of Arts and Science.
Under the new concept, Rs 10 per month from each college student would be mobilised and the amount would be spent towards taking care of the essential need of Government schools, especially those in rural areas. Gradually, the project would be extended to the entire district and subsequently to the whole of Tamil Nadu.
Besides this, the foundation is also involved in eradicating child labour, begging-free children, adopting children for education, and serving the old people.
Kathiresan is also associated with an NGO, human rights protection, rehabilitation of physically challenged, and propagating road safety