Anand Mahindra Kept His Promise To Manipur Teen Who Built 'Iron Man' Suit

"Remember Prem, our young Indian Ironman from Imphal?" Anand Mahindra asked his 8.5 million Twitter followers.

Anand Mahindra Kept His Promise To Manipur Teen Who Built 'Iron Man' Suit

Prem, a Manipur-native, built an Iron man suit from scrap material

Earlier this year, Anand Mahindra, the Chairman of Mahindra Group, was left impressed by a teenager from Manipur who built an Iron Man suit from scrap. In a series of tweets applauding his "obvious talent", Mr Mahindra promised to support Prem and wrote that the Mahindra Foundation would facilitate the continuing education of Prem and his siblings. True to his word, the industrialist revealed in a tweet last night that Prem had arrived at Mahindra University in Hyderabad to study engineering.

"Remember Prem, our young Indian Ironman from Imphal?" Mr Mahindra asked his 8.5 million followers. "We promised to help him get the engineering education he wanted and I'm delighted to share that he has arrived at @MahindraUni in Hyderabad," he continued, also adding a special thank you to the Indigo airline team for taking "such good care" of Prem during his journey.

Anand Mahindra had first shared Prem's story back in September. Without any formal training, Prem had managed to build an Iron Man suit using scrap material - a fact that left Mr Mahindra and many others impressed. Mr Mahindra shared a video which showed the teenager wearing the suit, which appears to be a close replica of the suit Tony Stark wears in the Marvel movies. 

"I am awestruck and inspired by Prem's ambition & skills that have flowered despite-not because of-his circumstances," Anand Mahindra wrote a few days afterwards, when his team managed to contact the teen. Mr Mahindra's team also visited Prem at his town Heirok a few days after his first tweet. The industrialist had said that top officials of the Mahindra Group would mentor the teen's education.

Prem's video was first forwarded to Anand Mahindra by actor Jaaved Jaaferi. The industrialist's tweets were largely credited with bringing positive attention to the Manipur teen. Congress's Jairam Ramesh had also visited Prem at the time and promised him full support.

This is not the first time that Anand Mahindra's Twitter posts have been instrumental in providing help to those in need. Two years ago, he had tweeted about Kamalathal -- Tamil Nadu's now-famous "Idli Amma". You can read more about what happened here.

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