“I was deeply inspired by his story and read a lot about him. He, too, had humble beginnings and achieved great heights through his work. I wanted to follow in his footsteps and do good for society,” he said. He moved to Chennai almost 13 years ago and did a diploma in EEE. He started Awareness India Movement (AIM), a social service youth organisation, five years ago. “I wanted to do my bit for society through this organisation, especially for my city that has given me so much. The work is concentrated in Kodambakkam area, where we want to keep the area clean and green through our efforts. We have worked hard to restore 90 per cent of our work in streets of the vicinity, as part of our Kodambakkam 2020 mission. We hope to replicate the same across the streets in Kodambakkam,” he added. AIM also has its presence in 17 districts and works closely with gram sabhas to make villages realise their rights. Vetrivel said they were the backbone of any reforms, as most decisions by the government are centred on making their lives better. “Kalam will be my guiding force in all our endeavours. Today, AIM has grown from 10 to 150 members with youngsters showing the way,” he proudly said.