The Tamilnadu Government has conducted the inter district tournaments in the state on account of Chief Minister's Birthday. The students of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), S.Dinakaran, R.Vignesh , T.Balamurugan and R.S.Karpagam represented different districts in the tournament and were awarded each with Rs. 1, 00, 000. The ball badminton players, D.Shanmugapriya, R.Seethala Devi, Pavani and Suganya were awarded each Rs. 10, 000.
It is heartening to note that R.S.Karpagam, a national level basket ball player, has donated the entire award of one lakh rupees to Lady Sivaswamy school, Mylapore, Chennai and Middle school, Periyakulam. When asked about the philanthropic initiative, she said her parents are her source of motivation. She added that in fact that her father studied in middle school Periyakulam.
R. S. Karpagam, final year student of Electronics and Communication Engineering has also been doing well with her studies in spite of her practice and she did manage to come as a topper in her class during the seventh semester. She said that she is thankful to the management of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) since she was given an opportunity to study at SRM with a fee waiver. R. S. Karpagam is also a gold medal winner in the national level basket ball tournament and she was the only candidate to represent Tamil Nadu. She proudly says that basket ball has been her passion since her school days.