IIT: Village boy ranks 50th in entrance examEditorial Team133|0Last Updated:01:10 pm, April 16, 2012
Monoranjan Bera, who grew up in slum-like conditions, chose to study at IIT Kharagpur as it is more affordable.
Bera has ranked 50th in the IIT entrance exam to a joint MSc-PhD programme.
According to a report in the Times of India, Bera will be studying at IIT Khagarpur because it is closer to his hometown, making it more affordable than the other IITs.
Bera’s father owns a paan shop while his mother works as a labourer on a farm. His talent was obvious since his school days when Bera scored 409 his Higher Secondary exams.
The student went on to study Chemistry (Hons) at Midnapore College. It was reported that his first year results were not that good, but teachers expect him to score around 60 percent for his final year.
Bera took JAM 2012, the exam needed to get into postgraduate courses at the IITs, while studying for his course. He plans to go into research or teach after his three-year PhD.
Teachers and a social worker helped pay for Bera’s books and fees as he could not afford private tuitions.
Bera, however, does have a Facebook profile with 84 friends where he lists his interests as being Comedy Circus and Bengali TV series Miraccel. He also has an interest in cricket.