Tilotma Yadav, a student of class 12, from Ajanta Public School, Gurugram, has done everyone proud. She has scored 92.5% in the CBSE board examinations. What makes her stand apart is the fact that she never let her problems come in the way of her academics. With her limited resources, she managed to achieve these marks.
After losing her father at 17, the family had financial difficulties.
Her father was the sole breadwinner, supporting a family of four, which included her two siblings and mother, Sarita Yadav, a homemaker.
Tilotma told The Times of India, “My mother is a homemaker. Ever since my father passed away, we have found it difficult to live. My family solely depends on whatever financial help my relatives can provide.”
The school was of great help to Tilotma as well. Seeing her diligence and her financial condition, her school fee and other fees were waived off.
What further helped her were her seniors in school. Very often, she would borrow books from her seniors. Along the way, she Tilotma learnt to make do with the resources that were available to her.
The Better India reached out to the school for a comment, and this is what they said, “Tilotma has always been a very hard working child. We are proud of what she has achieved and happy that we have been able to play a part in her success.”
Runa Chatterjee, Tilotma’s teacher, told TBI, “Tilotma has always been a sincere student. In my years of knowing her, I have never seen her waste time. She would always approach us with doubts and never wait for anything. Her achievement is truly well deserved.”
Tilotma had applied for a seat under the EWS quota (Economically Weaker Section).
Who is eligible to apply for the EWS quota?
Parents whose combined annual income is less than Rs 1 lakh can enrol their children under the EWS quota.
There is a reservation of 25 percentage for this category and those students who secure admission need not pay the fee.
If you know any student who belongs to an economically weaker section and is bright, then you should encourage them to apply to a private school for admission under the EWS quota.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)