Pemanda Monappa scholarship in Cambridge goes to Natasha Bopaiah
In a first for someone from Kodagu, Natasha Bopaiah has been awarded the ‘Pemanda Monappa Scholarship’ in Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
Natasha, daughter of Biddanda Ram and Divia Bopaiah has had the distinction of winning the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for coming first in Symbiosis Law School.
P.M. Belliappa, retired IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, who has instituted the Pemanda Monappa scholarship, handed over the certificate to Natasha at a function held at Madikeri on Monday.
Mr Belliappa instituted the scholarship in memory of his father the late Pemanda Monappa, who was a distinguished and highly decorated officer of the Indian Police establishment and headed the police forces of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The scholarship has been instituted in perpetuity, since 2010.
This is the first time that the scholarship has been won by someone from Kodagu. In the selection, candidates belonging to the Kodava community will be given preference, provided other criteria and conditions are met.
At present, Natasha works for Bharucha & Partners, a law firm.
Mr Belliappa, recalled how his father Pemanda Monappa rose to great heights from humble origins in Kodagu.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Belliappa said change and competition were the twin aspects of the present-day society and education was the driver of change. He called for change in the education system which was getting too commercialised. Further, he noted the competition was coming from the rural and under-privileged sections. He urged the people of Kodagu to engage in philanthropy, rather than amass wealth for their progeny.
Among the others who spoke on the occasion include, Pemanda Ganapathy, who is closely associated with Mr Belliappa’s charitable activities, author C.P. Belliappa and president of Madikeri Kodava Samaja, Mathanda Suresh Chengappa.