The inspiring IITJEE success story of Abhishek Bhartiya
I have heard and told inspiring stories of IITians. Abhishek's story is one such story and I really feel all the aspirants of IITs, AIIMS, BITS, AIPMT etc. should read this story of how a poor boy got through fiercest of competitions. If you shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will at least land among the stars.
Abhishek, a shoe mender's son, living in a filthy, congested and neglected area of Kanpur, cleared one of the hardest-to-crack exams of India, the IITJEE in 2010. Now he is a proud IITian and that too studying in IIT, Kanpur, one of the five best IITs in India. Abhishek’s family consists of his parents and 3 younger brothers. The father mends shoes and his mother stitches and mends clothes to run the family.
Abhishek too helped his father and mother during the day in their jobs. At night he would study for 5-6 hours. With the meagre amount that his parents would earn, they would feed a family of six as well as buy the necessary study material and stationery for Abhishek.
What inspired Abhishek? Help from the angels
But from 'The angel' like people from his town, Abhishek might not have come out with flying colors. One of Abhishek's teachers Mahesh Singh Chauhan, taught Abhishek Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for free. Mahesh Sir's happiness knew no bounds when he came to know about his disciple's milestone success.
Abhishek expresses his gratitude to one Bansal Sir who guided him without any fee. Bhabha classes near to his dwelling place allowed Abhishek to attend the classes free of cost.
Abhishek said that something in him someday told that he was capable of clearing IITJEE. And that was it. Deep rooted belief in oneself and God get you through all kinds of obstacles.
Abhishek’s approach, his qualities as a student, what made him different from others?
Humility: Brilliance mixed with humility is a rare thing liked by almost everybody. This would have earned Abhishek the free coaching of his beloved teacher and Bhabha coaching classes.
Co-operation: cooperation seems to be in the blood of Abhishek. He did not give up this quality in the face of hardship. As we know from his story he helped his parents all the day to run the family and studied mainly at night, that too in the poor light of a lantern.
Adaptability: Persons like Abhishek can adapt themselves to the situation however bad it may be. Imagine about the exam days when you are so worried all the day that household works or anything else are completely out of your mind. How would Abhishek have managed those days because he could not afford to not do domestic works even in those days?
Hope and determination: Abhishek seems to be an out and out optimistic person. There must have been disheartening moments, reverse comments from friends and near ones and discouraging and frustrating remarks. But who cares? He moved on and on with one goal in his mind that he would clear IITJEE and firm belief that the critics would be silenced.
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Lessons to be learnt from Abhishek
1. Not enough space in my room, frequent power-cuts, non-availability of time to study and some other things like that are all excuses of the weak-willed lot. The fact has been amply proved by Abhishek who studied for 5-6 hours after helping out his father mend shoes and doing other family duties. So dear students forget about your pains and study well whatever comes your way. It is true that everybody cannot get into IITs and IIMs but sure your sincere efforts cannot go in vain.
2. The world, it seems, is not still a very bad place to live. In the story of Abhishek Bhartiya we come across some teachers and even a private coaching house that provided selfless help to the poor student. We may derive enough hope and motivation from this to make our world even more beautiful.
3. Abhishek, sure, had no means of entertainment like TV, internet etc. Probably, due to this he could carry out his passion with single-minded devotion. The hidden lesson is not to cut out on the sources of information but to increase the depth of your devotion and dedication.
4. The family of Abhishek, we have observed in his story, is a very supportive one. Even though the parents do not earn enough, they never let go off their dream of son’s educational achievements. This is a lesson we, the able people, must teach every poor family we come across.
Problems ahead for the likes of Abhishek and the solutions
1. Inspite of cracking IITJEE and turning into a celebrity overnight Abhishek and his father were too much worried about Abhishek’s dream of pursuing a career in aerospace. Even though he had scaled a great success no immediate help seemed to be in sight until some coaching course and other organizations offered to bear the expenses. But we must think about how a student who will always be worried about his finance, is going to make innovations, something he is supposed to do at IIT level.Besides all such lads are not Abhishek. There may be other hidden gems unable to rise to such heights due to unknown factors. What about them? Who will think about them?
NGOs and private coaching houses along with government need to take up such works of charity which will definitely go a long way in serving the downtrodden.
2. Abhishek comes from a poor family. The intelligentsia generally refrains from the company of such people. Such students have to fight hard to prove their mettle in a milieu of the elite intelligent, like that prevailing in institutions of repute. A lagging and poor background is repulsive for the elite class. This is the toughest problem to solve as because it requires a paradigm change in our thinking patterns. This problem is going to take the biggest time span since it can be achieved only through education. The day we begin to hail people on the basis of their quality and not the riches, will be the day this problem shall get over.
3. Interest- free education loan without a bond is still a dream for such students. Banks’ financial compulsions are understandable. But there is no dearth of big companies in India. They should not shy away from sponsoring such students. Even if this is done with bonds for limited periods, it is fine. Even banks, on condition of post-employment-refunding of the loan, should be open to such options. Certain scheduled banks in India are, perhaps, providing such loans.
4. Abhishek was lucky in the sense that on his difficult way he met teachers like Mahesh Sir and Bansal Sir. Not everyone is so lucky. Many an intelligent student deviates from the path owing to the burdens of family and lack of sufficient money power. We all have heard about Anand Kumar’s ‘Super 30’ and some other institutes like that. Really we must understand that there is great need for such institutes in a country of billions. We all will do well at this stage to understand that our real progress lies in helping out such students who will be the harbingers of the new age in India. It is an earnest request to the people to mobilize a fraction of money that goes into events like IPL, Commonwealth etc. in this direction. For our economy to grow, of course, events like IPL, Commonwealth etc. are important. But we need brilliant, meritorious people in our country so as to be able to lead the world like USA and China.
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