Defying odds including financial crisis, Gulshan Kumar of RKMGG College Samastipur, has done his family and villagers proud by finishing second in the Science stream in the Class 12 examinations, the results of which were declared on Tuesday.
Gulshan scored 429 out of 500 in his science examinations.
The elder son of Ram Naresh Singh, a marginal farmer, Gulshan’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing with calls from well-wishers, friends, relatives and mediapersons since the results were declared.
“My father who is a farmer in the village also owns a small shop of allopathic medicines mainly of cough, cold, headache, ointments etc. He hardly earns Rs 6,000 per month,” said Gulshan who also has a younger brother studying in class 10 in Samastipur.
“We have also faced financial problems. My father always wanted me to do well in studies but unfortunately he could not send me to the town to study. Thankfully we have a school in our block that has almost all basic facilities. However, self-study helped me to score good marks,” he added.
Pedalling 10 kms every day to attend his school, Kumar scored 10 CGPA in his 10th class examinations. Today, his labour has paid off.
“I now want to become an engineer and earn lots of money and support my family and fulfill all their dreams,” said Gulshan, who lives in a small, nondescript village of Dahiyar in Samastipur district.
But Gulshan isn’t the only one of his kind. Many other students coming from poor backgrounds secured good positions this year, with their hard work and dedication.
It was not easy for a teenaged Yamini, who had lost her father in 2009 to focus on her studies. But with her dedication and hard work she managed to score 80% and become Commerce topper in Patna.
Yamini, a student of Government Women’s College, Gulzarbagh in Patna scored 402 out of 500 in the Bihar board examination.
Living in a joint family of 12 members where her two uncles are the bread earners, Yamini spent six hours in studying with an aim of becoming a chartered accountant.
“I did not have a fixed routine but I studied whenever I got time after the household chores. Anyhow I managed to take out time, and studied for at least six hours,” she said, elated over her achievement.
Dire financial condition meant that Yamini could not afford even a laptop or other gadgets. However, her younger uncle Ravindra Kumar Mishra, a commerce teacher in a private coaching centre, looked after her needs.
“Yamini is just like my daughter. I have never discriminated between her and my own two sons. They are of three and five years of age. Yamini has always been good in studies and she wants to achieve something big in her life. She never loses hope and is very determined. I am proud of her,” said Mishra.
The story of Rishav Kumar, who came fourth in the Arts stream is no different. Son of a salesman working in Gujarat, Rishav of Muzaffarpur is aiming to become an officer in Bihar by competing in Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC). He secured 80.4% marks.
“Only we know how we manage to live in a family of eight members with only one man earning. However, my family always supported me in my studies. Books were available so that my education is not hampered. They save money for my education,” he said. His father, with a meagre income of Rs 12,000 per month is sole earning member.