They may not be holding phones in both their hands narrating their success stories to the press but they are also winners and theirs is a story of struggle and an undaunted spirit.
Meet Shantanu Tanwar, a Humanities student of Springdales, Pusa Road, who has topped in his school in Class XII with 72.6 per cent under the Integrated Education Scheme. The scheme provides scholarship to students from economically weak background.
“I especially want to mention the efforts of my teachers and principal madam who went out of their way to help us and provided us with all reference books which are very costly and the tuitions that were required,” said Tanwar, hardly able to control his sense of gratitude.
“I owe my success to my teachers and parents who always believed in my abilities.”
“My parents have always egged me on to do well and told me to work hard. They do not want me to face hardships they encountered in life,” explained Tanwar whose father works as a bus conductor.
An IAS aspirant, Tanwar wants to study Geography honours.
Piyush Sewak, another student who has studied under scheme, has scored 64.5 per cent in the science stream.
Son of an electrician father, Sewak can’t stop thanking his school for helping him overcome his financial status to do well in the exam.
Speaking about the scheme, Ameeta M. Wattal, principal of Springdales, Pusa Road, said, “It is a very holistic programme which goes beyond books, tuition fees and uniforms. We try to ensure after passing class XII the students should not be found wanting.”
Mid-day meals, providing reference books, coaching classes, tuitions and medical check-ups of students and their family are provided under the scheme.
Jasmeet Chandok, teacher in-charge of the scheme, shared the success stories of the students under this programme.
“We have a child who is a Rhodes scholar, and others have been admitted to prestigious institutions like Indian Institute of Foreign Trade,” she said.
“These children realise the worth of the opportunity and try to make the most of it.”