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They laboured their way to the top

ON MAY Day, these two families have a lot to celebrate, for their sons have literally laboured their way through torturous tracks ? one to become a doctor and another a scientist and professor in the USA.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 21:50 IST

ON MAY Day, these two families have a lot to celebrate, for their sons have literally laboured their way through torturous tracks – one to become a doctor and another a scientist and professor in the USA.

One is the family of Ramkumar Jarwal, a daily wage painter who earns just Rs 1,500 per month. But he ensured good education for all five sons - Ratan, Rajendra, Roshan, Rakesh and Rupendra.

Rajendra (42), the second among the five brothers, is now a scientist in the NGIT University, New Jersey, thanks to his hard work. Nicknamed Bunty, Rajendra studied at Government School and won a scholarship to Shri Govindram Sakseria Institute of Technology and Science (SGSITS) and graduated as Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical).

Fired by zeal to rid his family of poverty, Rajendra then moved to IIT Kanpur for his Masters in Technology and thence to IIT-Delhi for a PhD. But all this came at a price. Reminisces Ramkumar Jarwal, ‘‘Rajendra was a meritorious student and did his work in systematic manner. Once was unable to give him school fee and told him to give up studies.

He started selling rebaked pieces of bread to earn his school fee. After that I gave him all my support.” Adds his elder brother, “I took on tailoring jobs to keep the hearth burning, since all money went into Bunty’s fees.”

The efforts finally paid off when Rajendra managed to bag a professorial appointment at IIT-Roorkee. And soon Rajendra headed for the USA, where he currently works as a scientist. The Jarwals have moved to Bajrang Nagar and now boast a cable connected TV, fridge and other consumer accoutrements.

The other family with a similar success story is of daily wagers Ram Prasad and Kesar Bai Vandawade who scrimped and saved to give their seven children - Vimal, Kishore, Manoj, Harish, Dinesh, Rani and Sangeeta - a good education. Eldest son Vimal turned out to be an idol for his siblings. The third, Harish, is studying law.

The parents’ efforts were rewarded when Vimal got scholarship to study medicine at SS Medical College, Rewa. He was then appointed as Assistant Civil Surgeon in the Government Hospital, Goganwan (Khargone).

Proud mother Kesarbai said, “Vimal toiled really hard. It was God’s blessing that he got admission in a medical college. He did something that none in the family had done for generations.’’

Today, Vimal is posted as an Assistant Civil Surgeon at Goganwan in Khargone district.  “My parents earned around Rs 4,000 a month and had seven mouths to feed. But they took on extra jobs and saved every penny as they were determined to give us a good education,” said Dr Vimal. Vimal’s success has also spurred his siblings.

Rajendra and Vimal may have scripted a special success story by their perseverance and dedication, but their parents too played a significant role, always believing in the dignity of labour.