Landless farmer's son, who sold vegetables, tops Bihar high-school exam

ST STAFF
Thursday, 28 May 2020

"We don't have enough money, but my son has made me very happy," said the proud father.

We all rise from the hardships we face, and a living example of it is a young boy from Bihar, who topped his high-school exams and made his parents proud.

On Tuesday, May 26, the Bihar education board announced the result of the high-school exam, and Himanshu Raj passed with flying colours. He scored a total of 481 out of 500 marks, securing 96.20 per cent.

Himanshu's father is a landless farmer who farms on rented lands. Along with his studies, the young topper also helped his dad in selling vegetables, along with school and studying. The family has been facing hardships due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the news came as a celebration.

Overjoyed by the news, the father said in an interview with a local news organization, "I was confident that Himanshu will score more than 90 per cent and getting further admission on merit won't be a problem. But what I am worried about is his future."

The pandemic, along with all industries, has affected the farmers who are unable to send their produce to the markets.

"We don't have enough money, but my son has made me very happy," said the proud father.

Going forward, Himanshu aspired to become a software engineer as he is interested in knowing how things work and what a computer is made off. Talking about his study schedule in the interview, he said, "I used to study 14 - 15 hours a day."

Expressing his interest in studying at IIT, Himanshu said that he plans to take science in 11th and 12 and begin preparing for engineering entrance exam JEE.

Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic has bought the topper's studies to a halt. While most schools have chosen to deliver classes online, Himanshu revealed that only his paternal aunt has a smartphone and all the cousins take turns with the phone to study during the lockdown.

The spirit of wanting to prove himself and making his family proud has led Himanshu to achieve something, and take a step towards a bright future. The second rank holder of Bihar high-school exam, Durgesh Kumar, is also very happy and his family has been busy celebrating the good news. 

Durgesh's father is very proud of his son and says, "It is nice to see my son has worked his way up the ladder."

The youngster aspired to get admission in IIT in the future.

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