Sinju Sankar receiving the Ph. D degree from AU Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju at the convocation of the university in Visakhapatnam.
Being a topper in academics as well as literary competitions and climbing onto the dais since LKG is a habit with her. Stepping onto the dais of the Sir CR Reddy Utsavarangam on Monday afternoon to receive her Ph.D. during the 80th and 81st convocation of Andhra University was the most important moment in her academic career for Sinju.
Much more happy was her father Neelakantha Sankar Pillai, who has been motivating and supporting her and her younger sister to do well in academics, to see his daughter attired in the convocation gown receiving the Ph.D. degree.
The ever smiling and polite Pillai is a popular man on AU campus, serving coffee, tea, biscuits or samosas in the canteens. He stepped onto the AU campus in 1960 and was manager of the Central Canteen for 25 years and later ran canteens at different places on the campus and at present is on the premises of main library. In spite of a meagre income he made sure that his two daughters get good education. Dr. Sanju studied at the Kotak School, BVK College, Dr. V.S. Krishna Degree College and at AU.
A responsible dad
Dr. Sinju explains how happy his father was after she received her Ph.D. “My father is not well educated and does not think money is all that counts. He believed that girls should study and study well. He gave us all the thrust needed. I believe I made his dream come true.” Mr. Pillai and his wife Shyamala are extremely happy and felt it was with god’s blessing and support from all that his elder daughter scaled greater heights in education. Her doctorate explained to the world that girls can do much in this country if they get support, says Dr. Sinju. She did her Ph.D in Human Resource Management and is now working as an Assistant Professor in management studies at a private college.