The daughter of a woman working under the minimum wage guarantee scheme MNREGA in Kerala has secured a seat in Delhi’s premium institute Lady Shri Ram College.
A brilliant student, Hima had scored an A+ in her tenth standard. With a dream to crack the Indian Administrative Services exam, she chose humanities and scored an A+ in Class 12 as well. She secured a centum in economics and political science with a total score of 1187 out of 1200.
“I was very clear on my choice though many looked down at it and my aspiration to be an IAS officer,” Hima, who will now pursue political science in Delhi, told NDTV.
“Hard work” is what made her accomplishments possible, she said, adding, “My mother couldn’t afford tuition. I studied on my own and used to prepare during my lunch breaks”.
Confident of cracking the civil services exam, Hima said, “As a civil servant I’d be able to help others and my community more than a doctor or an engineer.”
Hima’s mother, who earns Rs 1,000 on an average per month, said, “I am sad my daughter’s college is far away. But I am happy when I think about her future.”
A Chennai-based non-profit has helped Hima pay her admission fees. However, she still needs at least Rs 2 lakh for her hostel, living, and travel expenses in Delhi for a year.
“We were surprised and impressed at her focus when others mocked at her,” said Merwin Joshua who identified Hima’s potential and nurtured her over the last few years.
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