Saturday, Sep 20, 2014

Philanthropists come forward to help twins who cracked IIT-JEE twice

Amit and Sumit with their parents in Jalandhar. Source: Express Amit and Sumit with their parents in Jalandhar. (Source: Express)
Express News Service | Jalandhar | Posted: June 21, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: June 22, 2014 2:22 am

Several readers have come forward to help the twin brothers who cracked the prestigious IIT-JEE exam twice in a row but failed to finance their college education.

Sumit and Amit had secured 809th and 2014th All India ranks respectively this year, and they had secured 1800 and 1600 ranks last year, but could not join the prestigious institution as they failed to arrange the Rs. 80,000 deposit required towards admission.

An AGM of State Bank of India, Satish Kumar Verma and another senior officer Rajiv Verma have not only opened savings accounts for them by contributing Rs 51oo each but also made a proposal to provide them an interest free educational loan.

A doctor couple from Mandi Gobindgarh, Monika and Chetan Mehta, with help from their relatives and friends, contributed Rs. 80,000 towards their education. Punjab National Bank employee Satbir Singh had donated Rs. 20,000, while one mechanical engineer, Deepak Kumar Singh, from Dubai also sent Rs 10,000.

Even a hospital in Jalandhar had offered to bear the expenditure of their entire course. Also many people have contributed from Rs 1,000 to 5,000 to help them. Their story, which appeared in major newspapers, was shared widely on Facebook and after that many people came forward to help the twin brothers.

A resident of Jamshedpur, Sunil Kumar Verma, also called up this reporter and offered to help them in any possible manner after reading the story on The Indian Express website.

Last year, Sumit was allotted Civil engineering at IIT Roorkee and Amit was allotted Architecture at IIT Khargapur. The twins had to pass on the opportunity to join one of the premier institutes in India due to the lack of financial means for paying their fees.

The father of the twins, Jinternder Kumar, runs a tea stall and mother Manju Devi is a house wife. The family hails from Sitamarhi district of Bihar. Both brothers have studied in government schools throughout their schooling till class 12th. Amit and Sumit scored 70% and 87.8% in 10th and 12th respectively from the Punjab School Education board.

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