The slum boy is a JEE Advanced Fatal in Orissa – Times of India

BARHAMPUR: A student from a slum in this southern Orissa city has passed the Joint Entrance Test (Advance) this year and is ranked 367th in the Economically Weak Division (EWS) category which qualifies an 18-year-old for a seat in the country’s IITs.

According to the JEE (A) results announced on October 15, P Manoj Kumar’s position in the general class is 3,899.

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Although Manoj, who is a resident of a slum in Prem Nagar here, belongs to another backward class, has no certificate as his family has no land lease (land rights).

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He was assisted by a private institute in the city, which has given him free coaching for the past two years. It also assured him of the necessary financial assistance for admission to IITs.

Manoj’s father Nagaraju said his son was a student of a nearby government-run primary and high school and was good at education.

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“I am an electrician and earn daily by calling from different residences for my services. Despite the severe financial crisis, I have always made my son’s education a priority,” he said.

Nagaraju said he was very worried after his son finished 10th class and went to the director of the institute Sudhir Raut and asked him for free coaching.

He said, “He (Rout) not only agreed to give free coaching to Manoj, but also promised to arrange funds for him for admission after getting a good rank.”

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His mother bought him an Android phone for a monthly installment scheme so that his online classes would not be damaged if the coaching center was closed due to the epidemic situation.

“The phone bill has not been paid yet,” Nagaraju said.

Asked about his inspiration, Manoj pointed to his father and thanked the teachers at the coaching institute for helping him.

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Raut said one of his former students, who now works abroad, had assured him of financial help for admission to Manoj’s college.

Also, some members of the coaching institute also came forward to provide financial assistance to the students.

“For the past few years we have been providing free coaching and financial support to poor but gifted students for higher studies,” Rout said.

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At least 11 students of the institute have passed JEE-Advanced this year with the highest rank of 1065 in the general category.

Berhampur MLA Vikram Kumar Panda on Saturday welcomed the students of the institute including Manoj for their achievement in the examination. He also thanked Raut for providing free coaching to poor students.

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