India Today had an anniversary 'Youth Special' on 'Newsmakers 2009' where they featured Karthikeyan and Archana on behalf of Deepam. Karthikeyan Vijayakumar, a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani is the founder of Deepam whereas Archana is one of the first volunteers. The realisation that computer skills are essential for kids, made him set up “Deepam” along with a friend.
“Deepam” is a Chennai based NGO formed by young professionals aiming to spread education and awareness through computer knowledge. The volunteers, who are working professionals, reach out on weekends in one school and four other centres. Both Karthikeyan and Archana, despite working full-time find time for underprevileged children. The organisation plans to reach out to 10 centres by 2009 and educate around 500 students.
Karthikeyan is delighted when he says “The group is shaping up pretty well, with contributions from a number of volunteers. They, truly, are our strength. Expect more to come out of Deepam, in the coming days / months / years...”