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Chandan Roy, belonging to an underprivileged household in West Bengal’s Midnapur district, has made his family proud by earning a seat in the coveted Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. His father is a priest who struggles to make ends meet. But the family’s humble means did not stop Chandan from achieving his dream.
“I didn’t take any coaching. The only help I got was from my school and tuition teacher. My dream is to become a scientist. My family is not wealthy. My father is a Brahmin priest and owns a small grocery shop, where I help him out,” Chandan said.
Through handwork and dedication, Chandan secured 314 in JEE Advanced (All India Rank) and 78 in the JEE Mains examination. His loves to ride bi-cycles and read novels.
Describing Chandan’s ordeals during preparation, his teacher Nirmal Mondal said, “I bought and collected many books for him. He is a meritorious student. He is an inspiration to many in the village. We hope he gets help from government.”
Chandan said he received Rs 50,000 as scholarship while the rest of the amount was paid with the help of his teaches and relatives.
However, his father, Suchinta Roy, is worried as he is cash strapped and wonders how he would continue to pay for rest of his son’s education. “I am a Brahmin priest and I have a small village grocery shop which doesn’t give us sufficient money for his education. We want the government to help us otherwise he will have to end his studies,” he said.
On October 17, Chandan will be felicitated by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, and on October 22, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will felicitate him for his success.