It was indeed a proud moment for the 42 year-old Banwari Lal Jaatav, an illiterate Dalit labourer working under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). He was as usual ferrying mud near his village Pipahera in Dholpur district of Rajasthan when suddenly the village pradhan came and broke the good news that his eldest son, Nitin had cracked the IIT exam.
Despite facing numerous difficulties, Jaatav always ensured that his three sons and a daughter got proper education. Consequently, his eldest son, Nitin has managed to crack IIT exam with an All India Rank of 499 in the SC Category.
Nitin had always been a bright student since his school days. He had managed to secure 85% in Class X and 84% in Class XII.
Nitin had managed to study for free at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and managed his IIT coaching with the scholarship money at a Jodhpur centre which provided free coaching to poor students.
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Delighted with the success of his child, Banwari Lal said that his son’s hard work would change the fortunes of the family.
Nitin’s family is concerned over arranging his IIT fees as he wishes to pursue Electrical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur.
Nitin Jaatav said that being a Dalit, though he does not have to pay as much as the students of General Category. However, money is still a major concern for his family since his father is a MNREGA worker.
Despite the academic workload, Nitin used to help his father with his tasks as a daily wage labourer.
Dinesh Kumar, One of Nitin’s Teacher said that he will ensure that a talented student like Nitin gets all facilities to Graduate from IIT. He said that he is trying to arrange for donors who will help Nitin.
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