If one is determined to achieve one’s goal, no force can hold one back, said software prodigy Virender Raika.
The techie, who is from Kurukshetra, was interacting with students of The Gurukul, Sector 20, on Tuesday. Raika’s family was very poor; his father, a labourer, was the sole bread-earner for his family, who lived in a one room house with no basic amenities.
It was the will that kept him going agianst all odds; his anti-hacking softwares impressed tech giant Miscosoft, which offered to pay him a whopping 4.85 crore a year, the highest package offered to any Indian, which he turned down, stating that he wanted to work for the country.
Money, he told the students, was not a priority. “I want to develop an Indian operating system and search engine so that we are not dependent on the US for technical support,” he told them.
Stating while he was happy with t he of f er, he said t hat wanted to study further and aimed at pursuing a course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technolog y, USA, and urged students to follow their dreams and work hard.
School director Sanjay Thareja gifted Raika a laptop.
Principal Harsimran Kaur said, “It has always been our endeavour to in still the value of hard work in the students. This interaction of the students made them realise that hard work and patience always win the battles against poverty and hardships.”