Pune: Tiding over the odds of life, the underprivileged students proved their mettle by scoring excellent marks in their Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations held in February-March this year and the results of which were announced on Wednesday.
Poona Night College student Dinesh Yadav had come to Pune in 2015 with an aspiration to seek higher education. He worked simultaneously to support his education and scored 75.69 pc in the commerce stream in the HSC examination.
Yadav hails from Mahad town in Raigad district. He lost his father 10 years ago and his mother was the sole bread earner of the family of four including his two elder brothers and a younger sister. “My mother does farming and my brother left his education mid-way and started to work in Mumbai to support the family. However, I always wanted to complete my education and so decided to shift to the city and earn and learn for myself,” said Yadav. He initially worked at a hotel as a table boy and now works as a staff boy at a clinic. His monthly income is around Rs 7,000-8,000.
Yadav did not pay heed to the comments by his colleagues at the work who would tease him saying that studying would not fetch him a posh job and instead, he should concentrate on working at the hotel.
“I ignored their comments and would ask few regular customers about various streams which I can take up after HSC,” he said. Yadav aspires to join the Army, “Now, after I shifted to a clinic, the doctor here helps me with a lot of information related to admissions and competitive exams to clear the admission procedure in the Army,” said Yadav.
Ashwini Hirve, another student at Poona Night Junior College who scored 67.38 per cent in commerce stream, said, “My family is not well-off and I had to work during the day to support my family and my education financially and hence, I studied at the night school. I worked the whole day, attended school in the evening and then studied at night regularly. I also took leave from work for a month to prepare for the boards. I now plan to pursue Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) and then Masters in Commerce (M.Com).”
Yadav and Hirve both would work throughout the day and would attend the night school.
Meanwhile, it was not an easy path to education for Ajay Bansode (22), a student of Sir Parashurambhau (SP) College who scored 53.69 pc in Arts. Bansode, the son of a waster picker, had to repeat Std X twice and in between had to skip years due to financial conditions. Bansode has never seen his father as he died years ago and his mother has been the only earner of the two-member family.
“I have lived in the slum since childhood and have come across several issues. In a bid to contribute for the betterment of society, I chose Arts so that I can take up sociology,” said Bansode who is also a theatre artiste. “My plays and acts revolve around several social issues like girl child education, child marriages, tobacco and alcohol consumption, superstitions etc. I also wish to take admission in Lalit Kala Kendra at Savitribai Phule Pune University to continue my theatre activities,” said Bansode.
Shruti Nade, student of Modern Junior College of Arts, Commerce and Science whose mother has also been a waste picker for over a decade, has secured 81 pc in commerce. Nade’s father expired 12 years ago and she has two sisters. “We never had to worry about education finances as 3 of us have been pursuing education through scholarships. In fact, on holidays, we would go out with our mother to help her in collecting waste. We never felt any crisis and have been always supportive towards each other,” she said.