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Vasanth Kuppuswamy

Class of: 2012
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, SC
School: School of Engineering
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

Vasanth’s volunteer efforts in high school were mostly centered around his work with the Tamil Nadu India School Fund, a non-profit organization of his own creation with a purpose to provide educational opportunities to students in rural India who would otherwise not have access to them. Over the past four years with the help of his mentor, Bill Smyth, Vasanth has raised over $80,000 and accomplished a number of things in the village schools. Some of these include desks for all the students who were previously sitting on the floor, science labs, a computer lab, a school library, a regulation basketball court, and a water purification machine. In the summer of 2008, Vasanth worked with Rotary Clubs in the Charleston area as well as one club in Tirupattur, India to provide first-aid supplies to the school health clinics of 149 public schools in the region where he has been working for so long. Most recently he has allied himself with the District Magistrate of Krishnagiri District, Dr. Santhosh Babu to come up with plans to improve school attendance in the village schools. Vasanth hopes to complete his medical degree after an undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt and then start his own medical clinic in the village. That way, he hopes to provide medical care to people in rural India who lack access to it.