Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu unveiled the sculpture of the late Aluri Buchaiah Chowdary, an educationist par excellence on September 15. Chowdary served as the founder of ABC Educational Institutions. The CM took the opportunity and lauded his work, saying that Aluri went all the way ahead to fulfil his life goals. It goes without saying that selfless people like Aluri will be remembered forever through the work they leave behind.
The CM entreated students to follow the footsteps of Buchaiah Chowdary or Mastaru as he was fondly called. Extolling his dedication and selfless service to the community, the CM said that Aluri took education to the next level.
“Anybody can teach to a bright student, to a good learner. But, the problem lies with the slow learner. Our prime motto is to transform the slow learner as a good learner”, these profound words were spoken by the late Aluri Butchaiah Chowdary. He practiced what he believed. He refined the lives of more than lakh students and made them best of professionals, offering them towards better society. Most of his students are now well settled as doctors, engineers, software professionals, entrepreneurs, industrialists, and many other esteemed professions all over the world.
The story of his life is a real inspiration. Aluri was born in 1937 to a humble family in Mandadam Village, which now falls under the capital region of the state. After a decade, he moved to Poranki, a small village near Vijayawada and did his schooling in the Zilla Parishad School in Patamata. Getting educated was not an easy task. At the tender age of 15, Aluri started working in order to pay for his fees. He did his graduation from SRR College. Along with the herculean task of educating himself, he educated his 4 siblings as well.
Aluri married Kamala Kumari, who worked as office staff in Mary Stella College and they have three children together; the eldest son Bapu Chand is a Neurosurgeon, while the younger son Bharat Chand is a software engineer, and their daughter Shanthi, is an MBA who has actively assisted her father in running the ABC School.
With an extreme devotion for education, Aluri began small, tutoring 250 students every morning and evening at his home. He liked education as the challenges were exciting while the results priceless. In 1985, he started a school and named it as ABC Institutions. The first strength was 1600 students. He worked tirelessly for 16 hours every day, running the school and as well as teaching.
General misconception was that ABC enrolled academically average performing students from other schools and that they pushed to achieve results. But this allegation is far from the truth. The students lacked motivation and direction and Master showed them the right path so that they shone in their respective fields. If the students had any problem comprehending a subject he would take a class in the playground and explain the topic in a lucid manner so that it was easily understood.
ABC School holds record for sending 625 students from a single school at one time to sit for the 10th examination. This was a laudable feat and the failure rate was much marginal. Students who studied from this school are now skilled in many professions in different parts of the world.
Aluri was very active in social service. He adopted many schools and later on moved to a village called Nawabpeta, which is 60 kms from Vijayawada. He took the neighbouring seven villages too under his wing and along with education he saw to the medical needs of the people by bringing in good nurses to tend to them.
The Master was an all-rounder, a born teacher and could profess all subjects. After 52 years in the teaching field, he eventually realised that education has become more commercial than a noble profession, and this was when he turned to charity work. Through his selfless service, Aluri became very popular in the area. Few people resented his popularity and could not tolerate the growing admiration he received with such generous gestures. He was murdered in Nawabpeta on Sept 15th 2009 due to his growing stature by some political miscreants. He had no political aspirations of his own but admired the late NTR and Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu.
Aluri was an exemplary teacher with unmatched sincerity and dedication. Genuine service cannot be bought or calculated with money and such integrity and sincerity is truly not measurable.
Late Aluri lives on in the hearts of thousands of students and as we all know, a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
His life was a fulfilling journey.