This UP Girl’s Hard Work and Dedication Catapulted Her From Being a Newspaper Vendor to an IIT Graduate


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Anand Kumar’s highly successful initiative Super 30 coaches children from disadvantaged backgrounds for the IIT-JEE examination. Many inspiring stories of hardworking children, fighting against both social and financial obstacles to secure engineering seats in some of the country’s most prestigious educational institutions, have emerged from this programme.

One such story of a girl named Shivangi, who went from selling newspapers in Kanpur to studying in IIT Roorkee, was shared by Anand Kumar on his Facebook page. As a child, Shivangi went to a government school and would study whenever she got free time at her father’s newspaper store.

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Anand affectionately remembers how Shivangi became a part of his family during her stay at Super 30 in Patna.  She became every close to Anand’s mother who prayed that she would be blessed with a daughter like Shivangi in her next life.

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“This is one story in two photos. These photos are a mirror as well as tears. They have a story from the past and the present. This is music and melody. It is the silence of the past and courage of the present. These are the photos of my student Shivangi. The first photograph is of the time when Shivangi came to study in Super 30 with her father, and the other is of Shivangi today. While she was in school she sold magazines and newspapers on the roadside shop to help her father, handling the store completely alone when he went home to bring lunch.

But whenever she would get time, she would study.

Shivangi hails from a small place called Deha which is around 60 kms away from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. She completed her secondary education from a government school there. One day she read about Super 30 and came to me.

While at Super 30, she became a part of my family. She would address my mother as ‘dadi’ and we felt she is our daughter. Whenever my mother’s health was impaired, she would help and sleep next to her. IIT results were announced and she was preparing to go to IIT Roorkee. She had tears in her eyes and all the women in my family were also crying. It felt as if we were giving away our daughter to someone else. As she was leaving, her father said that people have dreams and sometimes these dreams become reality but he never had such a big dream.

Even today, Shivangi keeps in touch with our family. As soon as we got to know that she has got a job, my whole family was immensely happy. My mother was the happiest and all she said with tears in her eyes is that she hopes to be blessed with daughters in her next life too.”

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