18-year-old P Manoj Kumar from Prem Nagar, Berhampur received free coaching for two years from a private institute in town
A student from an Odisha slum has secured himself a seat at one of the Indian Institutes of Technology after clearing the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) 2021 with a 367th rank in the Economical Weaker Section (EWS) category. The JEE (Advanced) result was declared on October 15.
P Manoj Kumar -- an 18-year-old resident of a slum at Prem Nagar, Berhampur -- belongs to the other backward class (OBC) category but has no certificate as his family has no land rights.
Kumar’s father Nagaraju said his son had studied at the nearby government-run primary and high schools. He had always been a bright student, he added.
Nagaraju is an electrician and earns on a daily basis by attending to calls from various residences. Despite severe financial constraints, he always gave priority to his son’s education.
Nagaraju had approached Sudhir Rout, the director of a private institute in the town, requesting him for free coaching. Rout not just agreed to that, but also assured funds for admission once Kumar secures a good rank. The institute has been providing him coaching free of cost for the last two years.
Kumar’s mother even bought him an android phone on a monthly installment scheme so that he could carry on with his online classes during the pandemic.
Berhampur MLA Bikram Kumar Panda felicitated Kumar and other students of the institute for their achievements in the JEE (Advanced) exam, thanking Rout for providing free coaching to poor students.