Support has poured in for brothers Raju and Brijesh, sons of daily wager Dharamraj Saroj, who cracked the IIT entrance test with the HRD ministry, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav announcing help to the duo.
Raju, 18, and Brijesh, 19, cleared the IIT Advanced examinations earlier this week. Raju secured 167th rank while his brother Brijesh stood 410th in the exam.
Hindustan Times had carried a front page news titled –‘JEE result brings cheers to daily wager, two sons make it to IIT’, two days ago.
Human resource development minister Smriti Irani on Saturday waived the admission fees for the two brothers from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh. "Informed family that registration fees will be waived off and will be eligible for scholarships that cover tuition, mess and other charges," the minister posted on Twitter, replying to a tweet by a user urging the government to help the boys.
@ratigirl informed family dat registration fees will b waived off n wil b eligible for scholarships dat cover tuition, mess n other charges— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 20, 2015
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi spoke to the brothers on Saturday morning and subsequently directed local party leaders including Rajya Sabha MP Pramod Tewari and his daughter and MLA Aradhana to extend all necessary help to them.
Congratulations to all those who cracked the IIT. Spoke to Brijesh &Raju from Pratapgarh on their tremendous success against all odds (1/2)— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) June 20, 2015
Sanitation NGO Sulabh International also assured help and said it will take care of all financial expenses of the brothers.
The Uttar Pradesh government announced that it will honour the two brothers, residents of Rehua Lalganj, who overcame all odds to crack the IIT exam.
"Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has taken a decision in this regard taking note of media reports on how the two young brothers Brijesh Kumar Saroj and Raju Saroj successfully faced financial challenges and overcame all odds to crack the prestigious examination", a government spokesperson said.
"The chief minister said that Samajwadi Party government always encourages those who achieve success through their talent, hard work and dedication and provides help to them," the spokesperson said, adding, that under this policy the government has decided to extend help to the brothers.
According to media reports, Saroj was in need of Rs 1 lakh to pay for his sons' admission fees. The family has to arrange the fees by June 25.
(With inputs from PTI, IANS)