Karmu Majhi, 25, was quite ecstatic when he cleared the admission test for a post-graduate course in the the prestigious National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, but the course fee left him a bit dejected.
The course fee of more than Rs. 2 lakh was completely out of bound for Majhi who came from a poor tribal family in a remote village in Odisha’s Rayagada district, about 550 km southwest of Bhubaneswar. But he did not want to lose the opportunity also as it had always been his dream to get into the two and a half years graphic design course having just 15 seats.
Majhi submitted a petition in the grievance cell of Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik seeking help and the latter did not disappoint him. Patnaik asked the state Scheduled Tribe and Caste department to convey to NID authorities about the state government’s decision to support Majhi and electronically transfer his course fee to the institute for the entire course.
“The chief minister called me, congratulated for my achievement and assured all financial help,” a beaming Majhi said before boarding an Ahmedabad bound train on Wednesday evening.
Majhi was inclined to drawing and painting from childhood, winning several school level competitions. After passing the matriculation examination from a government school in Rayagada’s Kashipur, he enrolled in visual art course in BK College of Art and Craft in Bhubaneswar, funding his education by working as an animator and doing odd jobs.
He had applied for admission in NID’s graphic design course after graduating from the BK College of Art and Craft this year.