On a footpath at Raj Nagar, poring over his books under the streetlights, 20-year-old Nadeemul Hasan dreams of becoming an IAS officer some day.
Hasan is a final-year student of BSc at the Mahanand Mission Harijan College in Model Town and studies under the streetlights with an aim to provide a better life for his family. His brother, Mehmood, sells sugarcane juice on the street to make ends meet and to pay for Hasan’s books and college fees. They live on the footpath in Sector 9 in Raj Nagar.
To fulfil his dream, Hasan gets up at 5 am everyday and studies for five hours without any breaks. He then goes to college and returns at 1pm. After some rest, he studies till 5pm, after which he helps his brother in preparing dinner and then again studies till midnight, all under the roadside streetlights.
However, during rains, dust storms or power outages, he is unable to carry out this routine. “It becomes impossible to study and I have to make it up the next day,” he says.
Getting books is another hurdle as his brother’s business is not doing so well and his father is unable to provide the money.
“My family is very poor. We barely have enough to sustain ourselves,” he says. Hasan’s parents are from a village in Bahraich district where his father works as an agricultural labourer. “My brother is married and has two children who live with my parents in the village. He can’t accommodate them here,” he adds.
Last year, Hasan scored an aggregate 65% in Zoology, Botany and Chemistry in his final exams.
“He is hardworking and very diligent in his studies. He is one of the most sincere students we have, but due to his poor socio-economic background, he doesn’t have any friends. He comes, studies, submits his assignments on time and goes back,” said Dr Rakhi Dwivedi, a teacher in the chemistry department at MMH College.
Speaking about the students in his college, Hasan says, “They stay away from me and call me a Bihari even when I tell them I am from Uttar Pradesh. I don’t have any friends. One or two people get in touch when they need any help with their laboratory files. I help them, but that is not friendship,” he adds.
His mission in life is to study hard and make life easier for his family.
“I want to become an IAS officer and am willing to go through any hardship for my family. My brother has paid for my education and I will do everything in my power to help my family,” he says.