Vegetable vendor’s son scores 91.4%, aims for civil services

  • Aneesha Bedi, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 23, 2016 13:20 IST
Adarsh Maurya, who scored 91.4% in the CBSE Class-12 exam, with his father in Chandigarh. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)

Adarsh Maurya, a student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16 has secured 91.4% in humanities stream making his father, a local vegetable vendor, extremely proud.

A resident of Naya Gaon, Adarsh’s marks (77%) in Class 10 made him want to do better and motivated him to excel in life. “I would look at my parents’ faces and my god’s photograph in my room and these became my source of inspiration and from then on I decided I would study hard and excel in life,” said Adarsh whose dream is to join the Indian Civil Services.

Not letting the family’s financial circumstances become a deterrent in life, he believes that if one has confidence in oneself, then he/she can outdo one’s own expectations and overcome all odds. “In the process of working upon my weaknesses, I gained the courage to question. My teachers were also very supportive throughout,” he told HT. Adarsh’s mother is a home maker while his two sisters are studying, one of whom is married.

As if that were not enough, Adarsh has also cleared the CLAT examination and secured 110/200 marks and is hoping to get through the law university in Jodhpur.

His father, Ramu Maurya, said, “Nothing makes a parent happier than seeing his child succeed. It is almost like seeing the world once again through his eyes.” The family also credits Amar Vivek, resident of Sector 8 and an advocate at the Punjab and Haryana High Court for continuously guiding him and his son in this journey.

Ramu, who has been selling vegetables in Sector 8 for the past 15 years, would regularly be in touch with the advocate who would buy vegetables from him and in the process received guidance which played a major role in helping Adarsh attain such a good score in his board exams.

When HT contacted Amar Vivek, he said, “The interaction dates back to many-many years and hence we were also keen to see Adarsh do well in life. We always encouraged him to read the newspaper every morning.”

Meanwhile, Adarsh said he loves to read and watch religious programmes on television. “I think my passion for reading has made me reach where I am today and I will continue to indulge in this hobby.”

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