Vegetable seller’s struggle for family rewarded as both sons crack JEE Advanced
Prem Chand Agrahari’s sons, Vishal and Satish have secured JEE (Advanced) AIR 1,964 and AIR 2,709, respectivelyeducation Updated: Jun 12, 2017 18:21 IST
Allahabad: For Prem Chand Agrahari, a vegetable seller in Sewait in Soraon tehsil in Allahabad district, Sunday was a special day when he was amply rewarded for the hard work he has done to support his family. His sons, Vishal and Satish Agrahari, cracked the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2017 to gain access to any of the country’s top engineering colleges, including the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
No student from Allahabad managed to secure a place in the top 300 this year in the JEE (Advanced) but the Agahari brothers and the son of a professor at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) were amongst others who made it to the merit list.
Vishal secured an All India Rank of 1,964 with 245 marks and his younger brother Satish got AIR 2,709 with 234 marks.
For Prem Chand Agrahari, the results came as a pleasant surprise. “I have studied up to Class 12 while my wife Rita has completed high school. The results were unexpected but the hard work of my sons has reaped rich dividends. The almighty will take them ahead as no one in our family has studied beyond Class 12,” he said.
Prem Chand said Vishal wanted to become an Indian administrative service (IAS) officer after completing his engineering and Satish had plans to be an engineer.
Anurag Yadav, the son of the dean of the mechanical engineering department at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, Vinod Yadav, secured AIR 336 in the exam with 287 marks.
Anurag said he wanted to pursue mechanical engineering from IIT-Delhi and later become an IAS officer to serve the country.
Nearly two lakh candidates appeared in the JEE (Advanced) - the second of the two-phase exam held in May for over 11,000 seats available in the 23 IITs across the country. The performance of a candidate in JEE (Advanced) forms the basis for admission to the IITs and the Indian School of Mines (ISM) in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad.
Haryana’s Sarvesh Mehtani secured the AIR 1 in JEE (Advanced).