IIT dream: Boy from poor fam­ily gets help­ing hand

AAP min­is­ter to fund ed­u­ca­tion of labourer’s daugh­ter

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New Delhi: A city-based fam­ily has de­cided to bear the ed­u­ca­tional ex­pense of Vi­jay Ku­mar, who got into IIT-Delhi af­ter avail­ing the free coach­ing pro­vided by the Delhi gov­ern­ment un­der the ‘Jai Bhim Mukhya­mantri Prat­i­bha Vikas Yo­jana’. While Vi­jay’s fa­ther is a tai­lor, her mother does petty jobs to sup­port her fam­ily. They had some­how managed to pay the first se­mes­ter fee by bor­row­ing money from var­i­ous peo­ple.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence on Sun­day, chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal said that af­ter hear­ing Vi­jay’s story, Varun Gandhi and his fam­ily have de­cided to fund his ed­u­ca­tion at IIT-Delhi. The fam­ily will pay the tu­ition fee and other ed­u­ca­tion ex­penses, amount­ing to about Rs 2 lakh an­nu­ally. Vi­jay is pur­su­ing chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing. His brother is also pur­su­ing en­gi­neer­ing from Delhi Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity.

The chief min­is­ter urged more peo­ple to come for­ward and help the chil­dren who don’t have re­sources to pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion. “Both Vi­jay and Varun Gandhi are huge in­spi­ra­tions. Vi­jay is the in­spi­ra­tion for chil­dren who don’t have the money to re­alise their dreams. Gandhi’s ges­ture will in­spire oth­ers to con­trib­ute to the society. This gov­ern­ment will never let lack of money and re­sources pre­vent poor stu­dents from re­al­is­ing their dreams,” the chief min­is­ter said, adding that the coun­try can only progress when we give good ed­u­ca­tion to chil­dren.

Gandhi, who was ac­com­pa­nied by his mother, said that his fam­ily has al­ways valued ed­u­ca­tion and cel­e­brated ex­cel­lence. “In­stead of do­nat­ing money to a tem­ple, mak­ing a tal­ented kid re­alise his Delhi

so­cial wel­fare min­is­ter Ra­jen­dra Pal Gau­tam will bear the ed­u­ca­tional ex­pense of Shashi, the daugh­ter of a labourer, who qual­i­fied NEET and managed to get ad­mis­sion in Lady Hardinge Med­i­cal Col­lege af­ter avail­ing pri­vate coach­ing un­der the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s Jai Bhim Mukhya­mantri Prat­i­bha Vikas Yo­jana. Gau­tam said that he will pay the tu­ition fee and other ed­u­ca­tion-re­lated ex­penses on her five-and-a-half years of med­i­cal course, which comes to about Rs 50,000 an­nu­ally. “I have two sons. Now, I will as­sume that I have a daugh­ter also. I have no ad­dic­tions like cig­a­rette or al­co­hol. The med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion in a gov­ern­ment col­lege is not ex­pen­sive, and I can af­ford to pay this much.” Gau­tam told

dream of IIT is a much big­ger ser­vice to the God,” he added.

Thirty-five un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents, who got free coach­ing un­der the state gov­ern­ment’s scheme, had cracked the JEE Main and NEET ex­am­i­na­tion this year. Some of them se­cured ad­mis­sions in pres­ti­gious in­sti­tu­tions such as Lady Hardinge Med­i­cal Col­lege, Ne­taji Sub­has In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Na­tional In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Delhi, and Ba­naras Hindu Univer­sity.

The gov­ern­ment has now ex­panded the scheme to in­clude OBC and gen­eral cat­e­gory stu­dents whose an­nual fam­ily in­come is less than Rs 8 lakh un­der its am­bit. Ke­jri­wal said that the Delhi gov­ern­ment also gives a loan of Rs 10 lakh to those who pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion, which can be re­paid in easy in­stal­ments one year af­ter fin­ish­ing the course.

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