They cracked the prestigious IIT-Joint Entrance Examination last year but could not secure admission due to the poor financial condition of their family. Amit and Sumit, sons of a tea seller, have cracked the examination this time again and hope to get admission into an IIT, if luck favours them.
Their father, Jatinder Kumar , has been selling tea at Chugitti Chowk near Amritsar bypass to those working at nearby factories and shops for the past 20 years. Jatinder hails from
Sitamarhi in Bihar and stays with his family in a small room at Laddowali.
Bearing the expenses of his children’s studies along with taking care of his sick wife has been difficult for him. But last year, Jatinder got injured and the responsibility of the family fell on the shoulders of young Amit and Sumit. Alongside preparing for the IIT examination, they would run their father’s tea shop as well.
Sumit has secured 809th rank while Amit has got 2014th rank in the examination. As soon as the results were announced, people started approaching them and many even offered to sponsor their education. Satish Verma, assistant general manager, State Bank of India, said the bank had decided to sanction a loan for the brothers and they would make it easier for them to apply and get loans anywhere. He said the bank had also opened their accounts and deposited Rs 5,100 each in them.
“There are many who want to make contribution to the boys’ studies but are not able to approach them and hence we are making both the accounts public so that anyone can come forward to make contribution.”
He said the bank would handle all the expenses of Sumit and Amit when they go to New Delhi and Dhanbad for counselling.
The bank has also arranged for their tickets and stay and will provide them with laptops. The SBI account numbers of Amit and Sumit are 33908862936 and 33908860359 respectively.
SPS Marar, Phagwara civic body commissioner, said, “As soon as I came to know about the boys, I decided to contribute towards their education. I have also asked some of my friends to contribute and they agreed. I will meet both the boys on Monday and see how I can help them.”
The family is overwhelmed after people from various walks of life have extended help to them. “I am really grateful to God for showering so much happiness on us. I really appreciate that so many people are approaching us for help,” Sumit said.
“We attribute our success to our parents who, despite great difficulties, provided us education and stood by us all the time. We also thank our teachers for guiding us and teaching us without charging any fee,” he added.
The brothers also met education minister Daljeet Singh Cheema. He congratulated them and also promised to provide help.