Every year when the result of any prestigious competitive examination comes out, inspiring stories of people who battled against odds and achieved success come to the fore. Lekhraj Bheel, an 18-year-old youth and the son of MNREGA labourers from Rajasthan, is one such person whose story would certainly invoke compassion as well as inspiration for us as the youth who hadn’t even heard of the JEE-Main exam till a couple of years back has become first from his tribal village in Rajasthan to crack the exam. His parents who work as MNREGA laborers don’t even know who an engineer is and what does he do. Bheel and his family belong to Mogayabeeh Bhilan village in Jhalawar district, Rajasthan.
“I did not know what an engineer is and could not even dream that my son would become a graduate. Now I’m at the top of the world as he is going to become the first engineer in our local Bheel community and in the village,” the elated father said, as quoted to as saying by news agency PTI. Now both parents, father Mangilal and mother Sardari Bai who are illiterates believe that their son would take the family out of poverty and they won’t have to work as laborers. Their son shares their emotions. “They have to work hard to feed the family. I want to complete engineering degree and take care of them,” he said. The teenager student further said that he would like to raise awareness about education in his village where most people are illiterate and make ends meet by doing labor work.
Lekhraj also thanked his teacher Jasraj Singh Gujjar, principal and director of his coaching institute in Kota for their efforts to prepare Lekhraj for the exam. His teacher Jasraj also spoke about the hard work Lekhraj had put in, but also told that Lekhraj wasn’t aware of the career options he had and hadn’t even heard of the JEE exam. Jasraj said that Lekhraj had topped the Jhalawar district by scoring 93.83 percent marks in the tenth board exam and had received a laptop from the then CM Vasundhra Raje for his achievement. The teacher said Lekhraj had scored 96 and 97 marks in maths and science respectively despite the school not having any teacher for the two subjects. Lekhraj would walk 6 km from his village to reach his school every day and his teachers were impressed with his hard work and they advised his family to send him to Kota for coaching. The family wanted to send him but didn’t have the means and then Jasraj helped him.
He took Lekhraj to Kota and met Naveen Maheshwari who is the director of a coaching institute who helped Lekhraj by granting him free admission, lodging, and food. “The studies were tough in the first few months because of my Hindi medium background but with the teachers’ help, the situation improved,” Lekhraj said, adding he would study for 7-8 hours a day.
(Text Source: indiatimes)
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