Poverty struck boy cracks IIT entrance exam, sets an example for the whole country
by Admin
Posted on 2013-01-11

Monoranjan Bera, a slum boy residing in a single room at Bhatapukur in Kharagpur has proved that if one is determined to achieve one’s goals nothing can stop you! Despite of his poverty he worked hard to fight his destiny and his hard work paid him back. Bera secured 50th rank in IIT entrance exam (JAM 2012) for admission in the joint MSc-PhD program.

Bera’s single room residence, slightly better than a hut in a slum mainly populated by tribal people, is a live example of his determination. He stood first in Kharagpur with 409 marks in Class X which reflected his perseverance. Bera always aspired to take a career in research or opt for a teaching career. After his schooling from Inda Krishnalal Shiksha Niketan, he opted for Chemistry (Hons.) at Midnapore College. He continued his preparation for joint admission test for M.Sc. 2012 (JAM 2012) along with his regular studies.

He cracked JAM 2012 conducted by IIT-Bombay for admissions in IIT-Bombay and 7 other IITs at Kharagpur, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Roorkee andMadras.
Bera due to his poor financial conditions could not afford private tuitions. His professors and teachers supported him a lot. He received financial help from Ujjal Sengupta, a social worker.
He is not aware of the total course fee but aspires to study at IIT Kharagpur as expenses on fooding and lodging could be saved. Bera’s father owes a paan shop while his mother works as a farm laborer during the harvesting season.

MSc-PhD program in Chemistry was introduced by IIT-Kharagpur in 2009-10. The program offers a wide course structure with ample opportunities to pursue competitive interdisciplinary research.
The program involves 2 years of course work and research project starting in the third semester.

As per the sources from IIT Kharagpur, the PhD and M.Sc. graduates are placed at high ranked institutes and universities in USA, India and Europe. There is a huge demand of these graduates in various industries as well.


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