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Against all odds, two boys from Udalguri district make it to IIT

From a Correspondent

TANGLA, June 15: The fact that they hail from back-of-beyond places and belong to economically weak families did not stop these two youths from dreaming big.

Today both these boys – Deepand Basumatary from Panery and Gaurab Das from Tangla – are relishing the fruits of their labour by qualifying for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the results of which were declared recently.

Gaurab Das, who passed his HS last year from Arunodoi Jr. College, Tangla and received coaching for engineering exams in a private coaching institute in Guwahati, bagged 2202 All India rank in the JEE advance. Deepaand Basumatari, who passed his HS this year from Ramanujan Jr. College, gaon, cleared the JEE advance by bagging the 317 ST All India rank.

Both the students are from humble background. Gaurab’s father is a cloth trader selling cloth in weekly market sheds. Deepand Basumatari’s father is a school teacher. “My father is a cloth trader in the market. Arunodoi Jr. College gave concession in my admission fees,” said an elated Gaurab. “Though I prefer a medical college rather than an engineering college, I am happy that I made it through JEE advance with good ranking. I am also preparing for medical examition in CEE and NEET to be held this year. My uncle bore the expense of my coaching as it was not possible for my family to afford it,” he said.

Deepand Basumatary, son of Peter Basumatary and Nirupama Basumatari from Panery of Udalguri district, said, “I am excited that I could get a good all India rank.”

Prabjyoti Das, Principal of Arunodoi Jr. College, Tangla expressed his happiness at Gaurab’s success.