In Room No 4 at Hande Chawl at Byculla, Vijay Bhange is telling his family about his dream to become an electronics engineer. He hopes to get into VJTI. His confidence in his dream grew on Friday when he scored 90.33% in the HSC exams.
“Everyone in my family studied only till Class 10. I’m the first to do so well. I want to get a good job,” said the student of Bhavani Shankar Road Junior Science College. “I joined the college because it promised to make me an engineer without charging fees. My father i s a vegetable vendor and runs the entire household.”
The municipal body started three colleges two years ago — Ratanbhai Walbai Junior College at Mulund, Bhavani Shankar Road Junior Science College at Dadar and Dixit Road University at Vile Parle. They got the HSC results for their first batch on Friday.
While all students of the first two colleges passed, 90% of those in the third cleared the exam. These science colleges had tied up with coaching classes who train students for engineering entrance tests along with the regular HSC course. Half of the batch in these colleges are from civic schools and were given free education.
“We worked with the students and I’m sure they will all become successful engineers. They scored well and we are awaiting their entrance exam results,” said Praveen Tyagi of IITian’s Pace, which tied up with Bhavani Shankar College and Ratanbhai Walbai College.
In the neighbouring chawl, Nitesh Phadtare revelled in his 87% in Room No 20. “I used to study six to seven hours a day. I’m the first in the family who has done so well,” he said. How did he plan to celebrate? “We are eight people in a one-room house. There is no space to celebrate,” said Phadtare.