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Journey of Prathmesh Hirve from a Mumbai slum to an engineer in ISRO

Journey of Prathmesh Hirve from a Mumbai slum to an engineer in ISRO

Prathamesh Hirve, a 25-year-old engineer from Mumbai, coming from a slum in Filterpada, Powai, has come to become the first ISRO engineer from Mumbai.

Hirve started off from a 10×10 foot house in a heavily populated Filterpada slums, it took every ounce of Pratamesh’s willpower to focus on his studies and never lose sight of his goal. He achieved a diploma in Electrical Engineering from Bhagubhai Mafatlal Polytechnic College. He then went on to be an intern at Larsen & Toubro and Tata Powers. He then pursued a degree in the same field from Smt Indira Gandhi College of Engineering in Navi Mumbai.

It is needless to say that despite his consistent hardwork, Hirve faced a bunch of obstacles in reaching so far up. Beside the living conditions, another big challenge that he faced was language barrier. Till class 10, Hirve studied all subjects in Marathi. And he was suddenly exposed to complex engineering terms and definitions in English when he went on to study for his diploma.

But that wasn’t reason enough to discourage him. In 2014, when he got his engineering degree, Hirve applied for a coveted place in the Union Public Service Commission. Despite not succeeding at that, he got back up and applied to ISRO in 2016.

Out of the total 16,000 applicants, he got through, where only nine were selected. Hirve will be an electrical scientist at ISRO, the first ever recruit from Mumbai. He will be posted in Chandigarh.

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