A vegetable vendor, Shambu Parsaad Jaiswal, was on cloud nine after the declaration of results on Tuesday. Tears of happiness and pride rolled down his cheeks, as he said, “All three of my children made it to the state merit list making it a triple feat for me.”
His son, Chandan Kumar, studying at Teja Singh Sutantar Memorial Senior Secondary School, Shimlapuri, bagged fourth position in the state by securing 98.6% in the academic category. While his elder son, Rahul Kumar, had bagged the third position in Class 12 Punjab School Education Board exams, results of which were declared last week.
While the one, younger to Rahul and elder than Chandan, had bagged 10th position in Class 10 PSEB exams last year.
Prasad said, “I am so proud of my sons. I always prayed that they do not have to sell vegetables like me. I want that they become officers, and I believe my dream will come true.”
Chandan aspires to become an IAS officer
Chandan, who wants to become an IAS officer, is a state-level softball player from the school.
“My father has worked very hard to pay for our studies. He earns around `7,000 a month by selling vegetables. Besides, I am thankful to the school that supported us in all ways. I and my two brothers have studied here and we got fee concession,” said Chandan.
Nothing hindered their determination
Fighting all odds, two other students emerged victorious in their struggle by featuring in the merit list.
Priyanka Ratte and Sugreev Yadav, who have shared the fourth position in sports category in the state by securing 99.5%, have proved that when it comes to hard work and determination, no hindrance can ever deter them from achieving glory.
Teja Singh Sutantar Memorial Senior Secondary School student Priyanka Ratte’s father Daljit Singh lost his eyesight due to brain tumour nine years ago.
Preparing for IAS, Ratte belongs to a joint family where she gets all financial support from her three uncles. Her mother is a homemaker.
She said, “We are four sisters and a brother. One of my uncles, Raman Kumar, who also has two children, is a carpenter. Another uncle, Sanjeev Kumar does steel shuttering and has two girls. While my third uncle, Rajinder Kumar also has two children and fixes PVC sheets. But we all live like one big family that supports each other.”
Sugreev Yadav, whose father is a factory worker and mother works as a maid, aims to become a software engineer. Studying in BCM Senior Secondary School, Focal Point, Sugreev said, “I prefer self study over tuitions.” The district-level softball player has a brother and two sisters. His family survives on a monthly income of Rs 15,000 only.
Despite all odds, he managed to balance his study and sport. “I used to devote only 2-3 hours to study with whole concentration, and rest of the time to my game. I am a big fan of Rohit Sharma and love to play cricket.”