For the haves, education is a mere matter of spending money. But for Subal Pal, a daily wage-earner, it has come down to even consider selling his body organs to fund his daughter Silpa Pal's higher education.
Silpa battled grueling hardships of poverty to emerge the topper in entire Ghatsila sub-division in the Commerce stream of intermediate (10+2) exams with 73.6% marks.
The 17-year-old is the only daughter of of Subal , who supports a family of three with just Rs.
120 per day he manages after tough toil at construction sites and public works projects.
"We couldn't even buy her books. I am ready to sell my body organs for her future," said Subal, adding that with no regular income source he was scared of not being able to fund his Silpa's higher education.
He added that his body organs were the only assets he had after he sold his land and house for the family.
Currently, Subal is engaged in a bridge construction project over the Swarnarekha river.
"It is because of my parents' hard work that I could achieve this feat," said Silpa.
She added that with her mother's ill health a perennial reason of concern, she may have to compromise on further studies eyeing the family's petty earnings.
"I am the most educated person. Father is Class 3 pass and my mother Class 7," she said.
The family out of their earnings of Rs.
3000 gives half of it in rent. When in good health, Silpa's mother Jaya Pal supplements her husband's income by working as a domestic help.
Jaya said, "Silpa is so considerate that she never spends a single paisa extra on anything as she is conscious about our economic condition."
Silpa's aim is to become a probationary officer (PO) in a bank. "I cannot think of becoming anything else," said Silpa.
Meanwhile, a day after the intermediate results of Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) was announced, another student committed suicide in Jamshedpur on Sunday after failing to clear the exams for the third time.
She was rushed to the Tata Main Hospital (TMH) where she passed away due to severe head injuries she had suffered after jumping from a highrise building.
Mahato was a student of Jamshedpur Women's College.
Assistant sub-inspector of Bistupur police station Upendra Kumar said a 'suicide note' has been found on the girl's body.
Mahato had been residing with her maternal uncle in Kadma to complete intermediate course at Jamshedpur while her parents belong to Chaibasa of West Singhbhum.
Subal Pal with wife and daughter Silpa. Subal, a daily wage-earner, is ready to sell his body organs to fund his daughter's higher education. (HT Photo)