In the end, the mailman failed to kill Balaram Tudu’s IIT dream. The young achiever from Orissa’s Mayurbhanj district joined the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, on Monday after the human resource development ministry stepped in.
As the Hindustan Times had reported, Tudu was denied admission to the elite institution even after clearing the tough entrance examination because of a postal bungle. A communiqué from the IIT informing Tudu of the dates of his counseling session did not reach his home in Mayurbhanj district. By the time he discovered the goof-up it was too late. IIT Kharagpur authorities refused admission, saying that they could not be held responsible for the failure of postal authorities.
However, the institute budged on Saturday when higher education secretary Sudeep Banerjee spoke to its director Shishir K Dube and requested him to treat Tudu as a special case. Dube agreed to admit him. Tudu was informed about the decision on Sunday afternoon.
The story of the young tribal’s ordeal has created ripples in the corridors of power. HRD minister Arjun Singh has asked the IITs to make sure that bright minds from remote areas do not go through the same ordeal. The institutes have been asked to release a detailed schedule to the students. “All details should be incorporated in the information bulletin provided to students before they write the Joint Entrance Examination for IITs,” Singh said. He has also suggested that information about rank holders from SC and ST communities should be sent to their respective district magistrates.
A few weeks ago, Tudu had told HT. “I’ll never make it to the IIT. I just want that others be spared what I had to go through.” His wish may just come true.