On Wednesday, Vishal Jadhav, 18, found out that he had not made it to the IIT-JEE merit list. Far from brooding, Jadhav confidently said, “I had thought I would make it, but it’s okay, I will try again.”
After completing Class 10 with an 82% from a municipal school, Jadhav dreamt of joining IIT. Despite the failure, he does not intend to give up on his IIT dream.
In a mammoth exercise, IITian’s Pace, a coaching class, had tied up with the municipal corporation two years ago and started two junior colleges —Ratanbhai Walbai Junior College in Mulund and Bhavani Shankar Road Junior Science College — to train students for JEE.
This is the first batch from the college, nearly 50% of the students in which are from municipal schools.
Although no student from the municipal batch made it to the list, not one of them is disheartened.
“I got an opportunity to try to seek admission in IIT and that is great. I have given other engineering entrance tests and I know I will make it,” said Jadhav. Jadhav’s confidence is reflected in all his batch mates. Chaitanya Yadav had not heard of IIT until he completed Class 10 at municipal school and scored 80%. He, then, learned about Ratanbhai Walbai College.
On Wednesday evening, sitting in his village in Ratnagiri district, cut off from the internet and clueless about his results, Yadav said, “I hope I have made it, but if not I have another chance.”
His parents, employees with the municipal corporation, are oblivious to the hallowed IITs. “They don’t know much,” he said. “I too learnt out about it only recently.”
Coming from a municipal school background, Yadav faced hurdles initially. “There was a language problem initially. But I could manage because IIT-JEE is concept-based.”
But while the BMC batch did not make it, the new college boasts of some top rankers from the regular batch. Ranks as high as AIR 50 and 39.
“If I had gone to a junior college and then a coaching class, I would have wasted time,” said Priyesh Shetty with an AIR 39.
“I don’t feel like I missed out on anything by not going to a regular college. IIT was always my goal,” added Shetty.