IIT JEE Advanced 2017: Baldev Bishnoi, son of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) workers in Bhimsagar village of Jodhpur scored 7497 All India Rank in JEE (Advanced) 2017. In high school, Bishnoi was a member of an RSS Shakha near his house in Osian in Jodhpur district. At the Shakha he was inspired to go to the engineering coaching hub Kota, about 400 kms from Osian, and prepare for the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) examination. With his rank, he would be the first to become an engineer in about 100 villages in his district. His parents, Tejaram Bishnoi and Suman Devi are farmers with 15 bigha land, and avail the benefits of the MGNREGA, which provides 100 days of employment and wages for unskilled labour work. They have been working for the past eight years under the scheme and have borrowed money from relatives to pay for Bishnoi’s IIT coaching in Kota. Bishnoi has two siblings and the entire family struggles to consume two meals a day. Now paying for his engineering fees has become a challenge for the family.
In another similar instance, Jaipur’s Bhairulal, whose mother, Seema Devi, is an MGNREGA worker and father a dairy farmer, scored AIR 1143 in OBC and 6750 in General Category. Other success stories include two tribal candidates, Pujari Adharsh and Pudari Srinivas from Adilabad in Telangana, who cleared the exam. Jatin Lamba, son of a flour mill owner scored AIR 33. The JEE Advanced is an annual entrance exam for B. Tech programmes in the 23 IITs and is conducted after JEE Mains. This year it was conducted by IIT Madras on May 21. Its result was announced on June 11. About 1.7 lakh candidates appeared for the exam for the 10,000-odd undergraduate seats.