Satisfaction, more than happiness, was writ large on the face of Sunil, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, who secured a state rank of 32 and an all-India position of 2,072 in the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE).
Though it seems like a fairytale, Sunil's journey on road to success was no cakewalk. Financial constraints of his father, who irons clothes to earn daily bread for the family, were a common thing for Sunil when he was working hard to secure a commendable rank in AIEEE and other competitive entrance examinations.
"It feels great, but to be frank I was expecting myself among top 10 in the state ranking," said a disappointed Sunil with his down-to-earth attitude.
Expressing gratitude towards his backstage idols, he said, "It could not have been possible without Jyoti ma'am, who made me join GIITJEE coaching centre in Sector 37, Chandigarh. Anil Verma, head of the centre, didn't charge even a single penny from me for whole year. They helped me in every possible way."
"The coaching centre was opened and closed as per my needs, be it early morning or late night, as there was no electricity in our 'jhuggi' most of the times," said Sunil.
"Sunil used to study under a tree on street, the place where we used to iron clothes. At night, he would go to nearby park and would study under streetlights, as our house had no power. I was worried when he used to study for whole night and sleep for just two-three hours. Then, he would get up early in the morning to study," said Rekha, Sunil's mother.
Beaming with joy, Anil Verma, Sunil's head coach, said, "He worked hard and got what he deserved. All teachers coordinated fully with him and helped him achieve success."
An ecstatic Mithai Lal, Sunil's father, said, "All I can assure is that I will work as hard as I can and never let him face any financial constraint for his education. Let's see where destiny takes him in future."
After Sunil had secured an all-India rank of 2,791 in IIT-Joint Entrance Examination this year, cricketer Yuvraj Singh had congratulated him on his success on micro-blogging site Twitter.