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20 Students From Bihar Village Crack IIT Entrance

Bihar students may have performed poorly in the Class XII Board exams, but the scene is different in Patwa Toli village of Gaya district. This year, 20 students from the village have cleared the IIT entrance exams.

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Updated:June 14, 2017, 1:01 PM IST
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20 Students From Bihar Village Crack IIT Entrance
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Gaya: Bihar students may have performed poorly in the Class XII Board exams, but the scene is different in Patwa Toli village of Gaya district. This year, 20 students from the village have cleared the IIT entrance exams.

Most of those who cleared the exams are from low-income families. Sunny Kumar was ranked 284 in Other Backward Class (OBC) category and 1862 in general category. Sunny’s father is a labourer in a handloom firm.

Kedarnath, who obtained 571 in OBC category and 3609 in general category, also comes from a family of labourers. Both his parents work in the handloom industry.

As many as 300 students from the village cleared various engineering entrance exams till date.

Jitendra Prasad was the first student from the village to join an IIT. Inspired by Prasad’s success story, students of the students started preparing for the entrance exams and the village became famous for producing IITians.

15 students qualified for IIT in 2016 and 17 got through in 2015.

Sunny said the reason behind the success of the students of the village is that that they don’t go to places like Kota for preparation but instead focus on group study and local teachers.

Navprayas is one such organisation formed by the former engineering students of Patwa Toli who extend help to students preparing for IIT.

“We were known as a village of weavers but now we are now known as a village of IITians. This is a matter of pride for us,” Gopal Prasad, president of Weavers Welfare Association, told News18

The weavers in Patwa Toli trace their roots to Rajasthan. They were brought to Bihar during Man Singh’s rule.

The clothes from here are sent all across the country. Most people in this village of 10,000 earn their livelihood through the weaving industry.
| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
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