A day before the JEE (Main) offline exam, HT brings the motivating stories of two boys, who conquered all odds to emerge as toppers.
From a crumbling hut in Dadu Majra to the sprawling campus of IIT-Delhi, the journey of Amit Gupta has been awe-inspiring.
Amit cracked IIT-JEE in 2010 when he came to stay with his father, a tea vendor in the city.
“I came to Chandigarh after completing my senior secondary education at my hometown in Uttar Pradesh as I wanted to prepare for IIT-JEE exam. I came to the city as there was no scope of getting coaching assistance in my village,” says Amit.
His father, whose monthly income was not fixed, could not afford the fees of his coaching classes; however, someone referred him to GIITJEE institute where he was taught for free.
I attribute my success to my father and my self-discipline, as I would never miss my studies for anything, he added.
Pursuing BTech in maths and computing, Amit wants to open an NGO to support slum children who aspire to study.
If Amit was focused, Sunil was equally determined. Living in a mud-house with four other family members in a noisy neighbourhood did not dampen his spirits.
“My father is a washerman in Sector 38, Chandigarh, and earns approximately Rs. 8,000 per month, which is not sufficient to meet our family needs. However, my father always wanted that his children should be well educated, which motivated me to crack the exam,” says Sunil.
Though he could not make it to an IIT, he managed to get admission in Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, last year.
“I would advise aspirants to believe in themselves and take encouragement from their parents,” said Sunil.