Man Of The Millennium Has Donated Rs. 30 Crore For Education Of The Poor
Palam Kalyanasundaram, a 73-year-old former librarian at Kumarkurupara Arts College at Srivaikuntam, has dedicated his life to the service of humanity and the education of the underprivileged. Even after retiring from his 35-year post at the College, he worked as a waiter in exchange for two meals a day and a very basic salary to be able to continue contributing towards the education of the poor. While at the college, he donated his salary every month and did odd jobs to meet his daily needs.
A gold-medalist in Library Sciences and also a Masters degree holder in Literature and History, Kalyanasundaram says that his reason for doing charity has always been a personal one. He is originally from a village where there were barely any amenities, and he had to walk for 10 km everyday to go to school, so he decided to motivate children to do the same. He has been amply rewarded, with the Union Government naming him as the best librarian in India, The International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, honouring him as one of the ‘noblest of the world’, the United Nations naming him amongst the most outstanding people of the 20th century and the Rotary Club of India presenting him the Life Time of Service and Man of the Millennium Awards.
Even then, having donated all of his wealth to charity, he lives a simple life, alone, in a small house in Saidapet, Chennai. He chose not to marry because he wanted to spend all that he earned on charity. He goes to office at Adyar and still works towards the cause that he has always believed in, the education of the poor.