SAMBALPUR: Villagers of Jamankira under Kuchinda sub-division in the district have set an example by joining hands in extending financial support to an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) qualifier of the village who was struggling for fund to take admission in the premier institution.
Sumeet Sindhria, a Dalit boy of the village, situated around 50 kms from here, had secured 830 rank in SC category in the IIT (Main) entrance examination and got a seat in IIT, Ropar in Punjab. As it was difficult for him to arrange Rs 40,000 for admission, villagers helped the bright student to fulfil his dream.
Sumeet’s father Narangadhar Sindhria (48) works as a sweeper in Jamankira market while his mother Jyotsna Sindhria (44) is a sweeper in Jamankira block office.
On his way to Ropar, Sumeet lauded the efforts of his villagers. Sumeet had completed Class X and Plus II from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Gosala of the district and Bengaluru respectively while Dakshana Foundation, a social organisation, was providing coaching for IIT examination in Bengaluru.
President of the Village Development Committee Sanjib Sahu said after hearing Sumeet’s achievement in IIT entrance, villagers decided to contribute for his admission. He said Rs 5,500 has been given to Sumeet and rest amount would be deposited in his bank account. The district administration and the industrial houses have been appealed to extend financial support, he added.
Meanwhile, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited has agreed to provide financial assistance.