Cobbler, labourers' sons qualify the IIT JEE Advanced 2014

June 20, 2014

New Delhi:One of the highly competitive engineering exams, IIT JEE has been cracked by the children of cobbler, daily wage labourers and a landless farmer, reports IANS. Super 30, launched in 2001, an institute run by mathematician Anand Kumar, that provides free education to its students, has witnessed 308 of 360 candidates clearing the exam so far.
This year also, 27 out of 30 wards of the poorest of poor qualified the IIT JEE . Among the successful are children of a cobbler, roadside vendors and a grocer etc. Sudhir Kumar, a cobbler's son, one of the candidates who met the requirements of success in the Joint Entrance Exam has himself polished shoes in Biharsharif, the district headquarters of Nalanda, to eke out a living.
"One day, I polished shoes of a man and when I asked for money, he abused me and walked away. I was seething with anger, but my father told me to calm down and said that the best way to take revenge was to acquire real power through education," said Sudhir, who used to support his father in his work.
Another such story is that of Dhananjay Kumar who was asked by his father to work with him in his shop as he could not afford his studies. But, the light of passion to study never got dim in his eyes; thereafter he stole Rs50 to purchase application form of Super 30. And today, he stands tall, making all proud.
Amit Patel from Varanasi, the son of a landless farmer who did not have money for a uniform when he studied has cleared the exam too. Also, in the list is Sanjeet Kumar whose father is a daily-wage labourer, loading goods on trucks.
What success really means could be witnessed at Anand Kumar's resident, where students and their proud parents were seen sharing smiles with a bright ray of hope in their eyes. (Source- IANS)
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