Against all odds, the tribal student from small Jobat village of MP’s Alirajpur district claimed 1,177 rank in reserved category (scheduled tribe) in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced and is now looking to pursue B.Tech in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay.
Rahul Dabar, 18, a tribal student of Alirajpur, the district with the lowest literacy rate in the country, cleared the entrance exam for admission to the coveted Indian Institute of Technology.
According to the 2011 Census, the average literacy rate in Alirajpur was the lowest in 37.22%. Several initiatives were taken to improve those figures.
This year, 60 tribals, who lived in government hostels and studied at tribal welfare department schools in remote areas, sat for Joint Entrance Examination -Mains exam and out of them 22 qualified the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced.
Dabar is only the second student from the small village of tribal dominating district Alirajpur after his elder cousin Shivani Dawar who successfully cracked IIT-Joint Entrance Examination examination.
‘Support from teachers and parents made my dream come true’
Son of middle school teacher, Rahul revealed how he overcome his difficulties, “Initially, I never thought I could make it, but support from teachers and parents made my dream come true”.
“Concept-building and repeated revisions are the key to success in any competitive examination,” said Rahul.
Prepared for the exam at home without taking any private coaching
Rahul prepared for the examination at his home without taking any private coaching unlike others.
Rahul’s parents Bapuji Dawar and Gyaras Dawar who had no words to define their son’s success said, “It’s a dream come true for us. We never imagined that our son could achieve such a milestone, but he made us proud.”
Admin focussed on supporting tribal and Dalit children to perform better: Collector
Praising Rahul’s hardwork, Alirajpur district collector Shekhar Verma said, the administration was focussed on supporting tribal and Dalit children to perform better in upcoming exams. Information about such facilities made is being propagated to interior tribal areas of the district, he said.
“Though this year only one student managed to crack Joint Entrance Examination Advanced out of 22, but still we are happy that this year number of students who cracked Joint Entrance Examination main and qualified for Joint Entrance Examination Advanced was 22 times more than previous year,” Verma said.