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From a Kolkata Slum to an IIT

 

Bachchi Devi and Niraj outside their house.(Devjyot Ghoshal/Quartz)

Bachchi Devi and Niraj outside their house.(Devjyot Ghoshal/Quartz)

 

The Way Out of the Slums…

No doubt about it – education is going to be the key to solving so many of India’s problems. Give a child education – and the world is his oyster. Here’s a telling story about 18-year-old slum dweller Niraj Kumar Ja who beat the odds and got ino an IIT which is eight times tougher than making it to Harvard University.With an all India rank of 1,217, Niraj Kumar Jha had managed the highest JEE score in Super 30—and a ticket to the one place he wanted to study at, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

With over a million applicants each year, the IITs have an extraordinary acceptance rate of 0.7%—about eight times tougher than making it to Harvard University.

How an 18-year-old from a Kolkata slum cracked the IIT exam this year – Quartz.

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