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He tossed and turned all night. When he finally got out of bed at 4 am, Anand Kumar realized that he had parents too.

The 17-year-old was confident that he had worked hard for his exam, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), which is a ticket to the best engineering institutes in India. But this uneasiness could not be denied. After being together in their living room last week, the family was repeatedly refreshing the JEE homepage on two smartphones as they waited for the results to be uploaded.

The site crashed several times before Anand could check his rankings – 369 of the 150,000 students taking the exam across India. Happily, he touched his father’s feet and held his mother tightly, tears streaming down his cheeks.

“I consider myself lucky. Anand, who was admitted to a coaching center in Delhi to prepare, says that many students from Patatooli have not been able to enter the examination center due to epidemic diseases. Dressed in a shirt, he is preparing for a media frenzy that will descend on the village by evening.

Her parents, who are daily casual workers at a power plant in the neighborhood, took a day off. Wearing more ordinary village clothes, a To lengthen And the vest, his father grabbed him. It was an important day for Dev Kumar, who dropped out of school at the primary level. “I’m glad my son will be able to live a life I never thought possible,” he says, before his voice drowned out as the workday began.

Anand is one of 16 students from Patotoli, a village in Bihar’s Gaya district, who excelled at JEE this year. In the last two decades, about 250 boys and girls from this small village have crushed JEE to make it to India’s controversial Institute of Technology (IITs). For villages with less than 1,011 households, the number is unusually high, even considering that more than half of admissions are solicited by booking – a positive step for those castes. Who have historically been discriminated against. There is someone in every family of Patotoli who is either a student or a graduate of IIT.

The young men and women of this Bonom party end this feat against extraordinary difficulties. Almost every other house in Pattovoli also has a built-in workshop. Most families make bedsheets and traditional Indian towels, gamucha, Either as small business people or as daily wage laborers, with thin margins of profit that are simply enough to survive. Many people take out loans to prepare for JEE to send their children to special coaching classes or save their lives. Nonit Kumar spent two years at home in a quota of 621 miles (1000 km). Tushar Kumar received a scholarship at a renowned coaching institute in Delhi.

Only a handful of students have laptops. But one of the best ways to get out of poverty is through one of India’s most competitive educational exams. A graduate of a single technology institute can expect a salary of 16,000-12 times. India’s per capita income. Many of Patotoli’s engineers are employed in top Indian, US, UK and international companies.

Patotoli students who have passed the entrance examination at the Indian Institute of Technology.
Patotoli students who have passed the entrance examination at the Indian Institute of Technology. Photograph: Scoop Woop

Dev Narain, a 26-year-old IIT graduate working in Singapore, says, “The rapid growth of IT in the early 2000s has reached its peak.” Until then, there were no suitable schools, no good college and no job nearby. The girls were seldom literate, the boys dropped out after class 10, even JEE coaching centers were mushrooms all over India, Patotoli had never heard of IITs.

The forerunner of Pattovali’s engineering success was his first IIT graduate, Jaitender Prasad, who is legendary in village stories.

“We don’t know what prompted him to try the test; it was in the early 1990s. He now lives in the United States. But his success gave rise to our common goal, which is a movement. It’s like, “said Sushish Kumar, one of the top scorers in the 2014 JEE.

In 1999, when seven of the 16 boys graduated from IIT, it set Pattowali on a path to change. “We understood that breaking JEE is not difficult, and we want to help others,” says Vijay Kumar, 39.

When the students returned home in the summer of 2007, they visited every school in the district to announce the skilled search test. He experimented with children in math and science and chose to train young people in JEE through counseling and guidance, otherwise not available in the village without internet. Vijay Kumar added, “To praise the winners, we invited parents on stage, which encourages parents to educate their children.”

His and his friends’ efforts were soon formalized نیپریاس, A student-run organization centered on educational endeavors in Pattotoli. During the summer break each year, undergraduate IIT students volunteer to help math and science students.

Prospects have also empowered women in the villages. Where once child marriage was the norm and girls dropped out of school, in the last five years, three women have secured positions at IITs and several others at prestigious engineering institutes. This year, Shilpa Kumari and Seema Kumari scored the expected scores.

Saloni Kumari, 21, says that though things are slowly changing. “If 10 years ago women were getting married at the age of 16, then some people are allowed to complete their graduation and work for a few years before tying the knot,” says the second-year engineering student. ۔ The daughter of a laborer, she says, persuaded her father to attend coaching classes, but he spent £ spending dollars a month, when the total household income was barely 105 a month. Be more

IIT’s dream is helping to further the traditional business of weaving. “Earnings do not equate to overwork for each member of the family,” says Vishal Kumar, a recent IIT Bombay graduate who worked four hours a day as a schoolboy.

“We produce world-class professionals, but we don’t have world-class schools, medical facilities or transport,” says Keshar Prasad, a 33-year-old IIT graduate living in Singapore.

Like many others, Anand was driven by a desire for life outside of Patotoli. “Ten years ago, my father used all his savings to buy a loom. But the profit went down and he sold it. Both my parents worked for a daily wage. I don’t want to live this hard life and “I just want to hurt them. I see IIT as my ticket,” he says.

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