Kushal Kumar Bansal, 16, son of a bakery vendor, who recently cleared the joint entrance examination (JEE) of the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) and secured a seat in the prestigious National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jalandhar, may not be able to join the institute due to lack of finances. Kushal's father is a bakery vendor and cannot afford to pay his fee for admission in the institute where Kushal wants to do civil engineering.
"My father sells bakery products by going door to door and cannot afford to pay my hefty fee. I am disappointed that despite my putting in all my efforts, I will not be able to get admission as I have to pay approximately Rs 1.5 lakh on July 24," said Kushal
Kushal has studied in a government school and was a top scorer in the 2014-15 academic year in Mansa district at the senior secondary level in the non-medical stream. "I could not afford to admit him in CBSE affiliated schools. He has always studied in government schools. But, he always secured good marks in all classes," said Tarsem Chand, Kushal's father.
Kushal's younger sister also studies in Class-10 in a local government school. Kushal said, "If I do not get any help from the government, I would like to appeal to some charitable organisation or an individual to help him out and would pay back the loan after I finish my course."
NO ASSISTANCE FROM ADMN
The family of Kushal alleged that they had approached the deputy commissioner (DC) for financial assistance, but their request was turned down. "I submitted all of his certificates, including my low income certificate, but I have not received any response from the district administration," said Tarsem Chand. Kushal expressed his disappointment and said that meritorious students in other states are being helped by their respective governments.
"Two students from a UP village cleared IIT JEE. They received assistance from all quarters, with the state government overseeing the arrangement of their financial expenses. I feel very disappointed that I have been denied assistance of any sort," said Kushal.
It is noteworthy that Kushal was recently honoured by additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Isha Kalia for his achievement, but his request for financial assistance has fallen on deaf ears. DC Bhupinder Singh Rai could not be reached for comments.