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Friday, August 17, 2012

Poverty Shrouds HS Topper Duo’s Dream of Higher Studies


MALDA, 5 JUNE: After his house was engulfed by the Ganga five years back, now it’s the turn of merit. Subhashis Mandal, even after securing 461 (92.20%) in higher secondary (HS) examinations that has fetched him the second position in the district, is quite uncertain if he can avail the opportunity of becoming a doctor. Similar despair has also gripped Debayan Das (92.40%) the district HS topper and district first in Malda as he cannot even manage to pursue his dream of pursuing graduation with honours in Mathematics from Jadavpur University.

Father of Suhashis Swapan Mandal, a farmer with only one bigha of land just cannot dare to think of the future of his son. Subhashis has ranked 113 in medical joint entrance examination (JEE) under scheduled caste category (2046th rank in general). He believes that he can be a medical graduate from any prime medical colleges in Kolkata.

But it’s a distant dream for him now as his family doesn’t even have a shelter of their own. “It’s the mercy of my father’s cousin Arun Mandal who generously provided us with a couple of rooms at Madantola village in which we have been living since 2007 when our house at Bechutola was eroded by the Ganga,” Subhashis said in frustrated voice. 

“Except the government or the generous people come forward to shoulder the formidable expenses of my studies, my dream and talent is sure to die. What now seems to me is money matters not the merit or performance,” Subhashis told in choked voice.

Debayan Das, the district first, doesn’t have the ambition of becoming a doctor or an engineer. Mad after mathematics Debayan has the only ambition of pursuing higher studies in Mathematics from the centre of excellence Jadavpur University.

However, his grocer father Debkumar Das who earns merely Rs 5000 approximately is now thinking of managing the cost of his son’s higher studies. His daughter Debarpita is already studying MA in English from Gour Banga University. 

Naturally, Debayan believes it would be an added financial pressure on his father. While talking over phone Debayan, shy by nature who doesn’t even want his photograph to be published, urged, “It would a boon for me if I get any financial assistance. Please see so that my dream doesn’t die a premature death.”

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