IIT dream: Boy from poor family gets helping hand
AAP minister to fund education of labourer’s daughter
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.