Ahmedabad: The first from his village in Anand district, Gujarat, 18-year-old Vijay Makwana is all set to get admission in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology.
For someone who had never imagined access to quality education, thanks to NGO Visamo Kids Foundation’s financial support and guidance, Makwana could crack the JEE Advanced 2020.
He had secured All India Rank (AIR) 1,849 in the Scheduled Caste (SC) category in the IIT entrance examination. He now aspires to become a computer engineer.
“Given the better job opportunities in computer science, I want to pursue BTech in this stream,” says Vijay, whose love for computer started in his schooldays. Technological advancement in this field has created a greater need for skilled computer engineers, Vijay told Education Times.
His father is a farm labourer and mother, a house-maker. Vijay, who did his schooling from Ahmedabad-based Eklavya School and Kameshwar School, wishes to study in IIT Roorkee or Kharagpur.
He has decided to not chose the IIT Bombay even though it is closer to his place. As per him, his rank in the JEE Advanced is not sufficient to get a seat in Computer Science stream there. His next choice of the stream is Electrical and Civil Engineering.
“It would have not been possible for me to crack JEE Advanced, had I not received the support from the Visamo Kids Foundation. They helped me with school education, coaching facilities to prepare for the exam, funded my fees, books and accommodation facilities etc,” explains Vijay. Youngest among three of his siblings, Vijay was a studious and diligent boy, who would devote 7-8 hours daily to prepare for the exam.
Initially, Vijay’s father was planning to apply for an education loan for IIT education, however, the foundation promised to support him with the IIT fee. The teen has cleared the exam in the first attempt.
After finishing B.Tech at IIT, Vijay wants to go for a full-time job to earn a decent salary, to support his family, who are struggling to make both ends meet. “Once I earn sufficiently, I would like to help talented youngsters from a poor background,” says Vijay.
Visamo Kids Foundation is a shelter home in Ahmedabad that houses at least 100 underprivileged kids from the age of five, supporting them to get quality education in partnership with the finest English medium schools affiliated to CBSE, ICSE and state board in the city.