Most students give up on education and their dreams, or take up some odd jobs to help the family meet daily needs. But, this 18-year old guy has set an example with his persistent diligence to realize the dreams and fought hard against destitution his family faced.
Rakesh Rajendra Aswale, who is going for his graduation studies this academic year, lived with his parents and a sister. The family lived in a cramped hut in a village called Rahadi, some 40 kilometers far from the city of Nagpur. His father used to repair cycle punchers in a hut along the state highway, which he had to shut due to multiple thefts that had taken place. After this he left with no work and almost no income to take care of his family. To meet the education expenditure of Rakesh, he has to drop out his daughter from school, but timely intervention from UPAY has helped Rakesh’s elder sister to get enrolled in the school again. Rakesh’s father now works as a Security guard with an agency while his mother is a labor and works in the farm on daily wage basis.
Rakesh studied in one of the Government school in his village and was very fond of playing cricket. He was an average studying student when he joined UPAY in grade 6th. He says, “I was taught by Smruti Sir and he helped me clear my basic concepts. Slowly I started gaining interest in the topics taught and loved the tricks to solve mathematical problems.”
He scored a huge aggregate of 92% in the Maharashtra SSC Examination which was well of a surprise to his family and teachers and wished to pursue Aeronautical Engineering from the esteemed IIT.
His SSC result motivated the proud UPAY team to step up for JEE preparation. But, finances were not enough to feed a family of four, let aside his dreams of pursuing higher education. “My parents wanted me and my elder sister to complete higher studies so that we don’t suffer. He has been working in double shifts ever since to meet the expenses”
His teachers in UPAY backed him to write a Scholarship Examination at ICAD, one of the most reputed coaching institutes in Nagpur for preparation of Engineering and Medical entrance Examination, which provides Scholarship to well deserving students and Rakesh was one of them.
Thanks to Unnati group in Nagpur, Mr. Ashok and Budhwanti Foundation, who extended their support to finance Rakesh’s education and Volunteers at UPAY provided him all the required resources and support to continue the journey towards his dream despite the odds.
Everything seems fine, but there are times that won’t let you pass easily. “When Rakesh started his class at ICAD, he found it difficult to match the rhythm due to language differences and the pace of teaching. He became impatient and started losing hope” says his teacher who had been teaching him at UPAY.
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
This is the aphorism which kept him going! His mentors at UPAY were ready to succor and worked hard in every way possible to keep his spirits high.
Rakesh has made us proud by cracking the CET examination with flying colours and has been admitted to Government College of Engineering in Nagpur for Bachelor in Engineering in Electronics and Communications.
What started as a dream, turned into a journey. Because, education is a lifelong journey whose destination expands as you travel.