Overcoming poverty and hardships of life in a slum, three youngsters have secured seats in prestigious Delhi University. Among them is 17-year-old Prince who lives in Mayapuri, a locality that has India’s biggest scrap market. Living amidst clattering of passing trains and stink from heaps of garbage all around, preparing for board exams was an uphill task for him. “I had to study at night. There are less trains during this hour. Sometimes, I put ear buds to cut out the deafening sound,” Prince told PTI. Prince scored 94 per cent and bagged a seat in Kirori Mal College. He wants to start preparing for the Union Public Service Commission examination and said, “If I become an IAS officer, I will take my family away from here.”
Another such inspiring youngster comes from northwest Delhi’s Tigri slum, an area that remains under constant threat of being submerged by rainy water and faces a subsequent disease outbreak. Bagging seat in Delhi University’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh College is a “big opportunity”, said 17-year-old Devinder, who is pursing BA in Geography and scored 90.7 per cent in Class 12. His family income, he says is around Rs 10,000 a month. “My mother sells lemons and chilies, and my father is a peon. Sometimes the situation gets challenging, but they always supported me,” Devinder told PTI.
On the other side of the city at Indira Camp slum, Madhu, a student of Hindi at Hansraj College, feels she can empower women by becoming a journalist. “There is a lot to be done. I can complete my aim of advocating women empowerment by pursuing a career in journalism after graduation. If not I will take up teaching,” the 17-year-old told PTI.