New Delhi: A letter from the President of
India congratulating Baya Mankidia, first matriculate from his
tribe in Orissa, came as the highest accolade for the teenager
who fought adverse circumstances to achieve the feat.
"I am extremely happy to learn that you have become the
first matriculate from Mankidia nomadic tribe," President
Pratibha Patil wrote in her letter to the boy from Orissa.
"Children are national assets and future of the nation
depends on them. I hope you will continue studies and do well.
You must make use of the opportunities that will come your
way, to achieve your potential and at the same time strive to
help others in need and dedicate yourself to the progress and
welfare of humanity at large," the letter read.
Baya who travelled nearly 15 kilometres on foot daily to
reach school, had to give up studies after his father`s death
last year. When officials learnt that the boy is the first
from the tribe to reach the High School, they persuaded him to
continue the studies and appear for examination.
Mankidia tribe is spread in forests of Mayurbhanj,
Sundargarh and Sambalpur districts of the state.
The results on Monday were a testimony of the hard work
that Baya had put in. The boy from Dama Sahi hamlet in
Kaptipada region has passed with good marks.
The achievement caught the notice of Patil who called the
district officials asking them to deliver her personal
congratulatory message to Baya.