Bright path ahead for blind student

Welcome aid: Palanivel (right) handing over the mock cheque to Kaveinthran (second from right) as Kaveinthran’s parents look on.

PUTRAJAYA: Special needs student Kaveinthran Pulanthran has a big mission.

The blind Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) top scorer wants to help those with emotional problems after he graduates as a psychologist.

“There are many people suffering from psychological problems and I intend to give them free advice,” said Kaveinthran, 20, who scored 4As in last year’s STPM examination.

The St John Bukit Nanas student said he was highly motivated after receiving a RM200,000 grant to continue his studies in the United States.

MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel handed him a cheque for RM150,000 from the Community Builders Foundation (CBF) and a RM50,000 cheque from the Tan Sri Manickavasagam Education Fund at his office here on Tuesday.

Kaveinthran, who was accompanied by his parents, administration officer M. Pulanthran Muniandy and teacher M. Thanamala, said he had been offered a place for a four-year degree course in psychology at the San Francisco University in the United States.

“The RM200,000 grant is a boost and lifeline for me. I am so thankful to the minister.

“The total fee for a four-year course is about RM750,000 or about RM236,000 a year,” he added.

CBF, which was set up by Palanivel, is designed to help children who have been missing out on early childhood or kindergarten education and related education matters.

“In March, I gave Kaveinthran RM5,000 as a token of appreciation. I have also requested an allocation from the Prime Minister to help this student pursue his studies.

“I will help Kaveinthran on a yearly basis so that he can realise his dreams,” said Palanivel, who is also Natural Resources and Environment Minister.

He added that every year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak allocated RM4mil to the education fund, which was established in 2010 to provide interest-free loans and academic grants for selected students.