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Two physically challenged UP students crack JEE Advanced

Two students from Uttar Pradesh have shown that physical disabilities can never be a deterrent by clearing the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2016, the result of which was declared on Sunday.

education Updated: Jun 13, 2016 17:17 IST
Rajeev Mullick
Despite all challenges, Mayank Kumar  and Anand Kumar (right) have realised their dreams of studying in the premier Indian Institute of Technology with strong will power and determination.
Despite all challenges, Mayank Kumar and Anand Kumar (right) have realised their dreams of studying in the premier Indian Institute of Technology with strong will power and determination.(HT photo/Combo image)

Two students from Uttar Pradesh have shown that physical disabilities can never be a deterrent by clearing the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2016, the result of which was declared on Sunday.

Despite all challenges, Anand Kumar and Mayank Kumar have realised their dreams of studying in the premier Indian Institute of Technology with strong will power and determination.

Anand, who suffers from polio, never dreamt that he will manage to crack one of the toughest exams in the country. Ranked sixth in Scheduled Caste-Persons with Disability (PwD) list, Anand is all ready to seek admission in IIT-Kanpur to study computer science.

A student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya at Pipersand in Lucknow, Anand is one of the 31 students who cracked the test. Thirty eight students appeared for the JEE Advanced.

Anand, who was born in a Dalit family in Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh, thanked his parents for never losing their faith in him.

“I needed family members’ support for every step. Luckily, they all held my hand and helped me to come this far. My parents were supportive. They all had a dream that I become an engineer. I am happy to have lived up to the expectations of the family,” Anand said.

He believes that once he completes his engineering course from IIT, he will be able to change his family’s fortune.

“We are five brothers and I’m the third. Father is old and my elder brother who runs a small cyber café shop in the village is a sole bread earner. We have seen difficult days. But all of that will end soon,” he said.

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Anand’s elder brother Sanjeev Singh said the family never expected that he could even complete his Class 10 but he defied his disability to pursue his education even further.

“We have become a celebrity overnight. People are coming to our house to congratulate Anand over his achievement. He has become the talk of the town,” he said.

Anand’s school principal JC Gupta congratulated his over his success. “Anand and many other students of the school, who mostly come from rural humble background, have proved that facilities alone do not matter. It is the perseverance that counts,” he said.

Sultanpur resident Mayank, who has paralysis on the right side of his body, also worked hard to realise his dream. As a child, he insisted that he should be allowed to study and became the first to get a formal education in his family.

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Youngest among his four siblings, he is not satisfied with his rank in JEE Advanced.

“My rank in OBC Non-Creamy Layer category is 6835. I want to pursue computer science from IIT Delhi or Mumbai. But with rank I will not get a college of my choice,” Mayank said.

“I have made a tough decision to drop this year and will crack the test again next year. I’m confident that I will crack the exam with high marks and get to study stream and in the college of my choice,” he added.