Shoeshine boy shines in IIT entrance exam
He helps his father, a cobbler, mend shoes in his spare time while his mother stitches rags to support the family, despite odds Abhishek Kumar Bhartiya came out with flying colours in the IIT entrance exam.
Kanpur: He helps his father, a cobbler,
mend shoes in his spare time while his mother stitches rags to
support the family, but financial hardships have not stopped
Abhishek Kumar Bhartiya from coming out with flying colours in
the IIT entrance exam.
Abhishek, who secured 154th rank in the SC category of
IIT entrance test, now wants to propel his dreams by pursuing
aerospace engineering at IIT-Kanpur here.
His father earns Rs 60-70 daily and mother stitches
old clothings to earn money. But "this has never held them
back from facilitating our education," Abhishek says,
dedicating his success to his parents.
Abhishek, who also tries to pitch in by polishing
shoes at his father`s shop, has three young brothers and the
family of six lives in a one room accommodation with no
"We have just one small room where six of us live
and that too without electricity. So, he used to study under
the lantern for five-six hours in the night," says his father
The family could not even think of providing coaching
to Abhishek. "But by God`s grace, a teacher of a coaching
institute helped him out," he says.
But even in the time of happiness, poverty haunts the
family. "I am worried about the fees. From where can I manage
the amount? This question is troubling my mind but even if I
have to sell myself, I am ready for it," Prasad said.
With relatives flocking their house after hearing the
news, the joyous father says he has not been able to open his
shop since the IIT-JEE result came out yesterday.
"We are very happy. He is the first person in our
family to be selected to the IITs," says his uncle Manoj
Abhishek says he wants to support his siblings`
education and help them to get into prestigious institutes.