Teachers at his school weren’t really fond of him. His Physics teacher hated him. Maths and Physics were his favorites but all that he lacked was a little bit of motivation. Rest things that interested him were WWE, cartoon and food.
He would open his books just a day before the exam but somehow managed to clear all the subjects. One thing he didn’t realize was that it wasn’t lack of interest in studying but the lack of inspirational teaching.
His Physics teacher, just like many of the teachers, was always more in favor of the toppers in the class and treated the others like a mere bunch of losers. She always said, “You all will go to institutes like IIT, IIM, AIIMS, etc.” And when the same toppers failed to score out of marks, she’d say, “How will you get into big colleges like IIT, AIIMS like this?”
He was in 9th when he hardly even knew what IIT is. All he knew was IIT’s amongst India’s top engineering colleges. Among all IIT colleges, he only knew about IIT Kharagpur and IIT Madras as he would visit Kolkata during Durgapooja’s and Madras because he had once visited the snake park near its campus. This made him once ask his teacher at class, “Ma’am, how does a student get into IIT”?
His teacher quite didn’t seem to be happy about a mediocre student asking him this question, replying to which she said, “What’s it to you? You’re anyway not going to get into any of these reputed colleges. Just shut your mouth and concentrate on studies.”
This statement alone was enough to hurt the 9 year old’s heart. He returned back home and cried all day. He wasn’t upset with what she said, but with the way she said it.
Her biased treatment continued until he passed 10th with 68/100 in Physics.
One good thing he did was confronted and shared the way his dreams were treated with his parents.
His parents too, sat and explained to him about how he should forget what happened in the past and start anew.
He did the same. Finished off 12th with 92/100 in Physics.
His sister was studying in the same school as his and had the same teacher for Physics. The teacher was aware of her brother being her student, but never cared to ask whether he was doing good in life.
His sister passed 10th and her brother had come to pick her up at school. They were done with the event and were walking towards the school gate when he came across her, the teacher.
He greeted her first, to which she asked: “Oh! Shefali’s brother! How are you?”
He replied saying he was good and asked her about her well-being.
The teacher replied that she was good and also added that his sister was a brilliant student and would easily get into IIT. IIM or AIIMS.
To which he calmly replied, “Oh yes Ma’am. She wishes to become a doctor just like their father and she surely will turn out to be a good one”
The teacher then finally asked him about his life and what was he doing at the moment.
He said that he was studying engineering to which she asked, “WHERE FROM?”
Before he could say anything, his sister intervened saying, “Ma’am he studies in IIT Kharagpur”
SHOCKED. That’s exactly what his Physics teacher was.
The student we’re talking about in the story is Niladri Sarkar who despite scoring a 68 in 10th studied in IIT kharagpur and then in IIT Madras.
This story was first told by him at My-Study-Cart-Blog.
Niladri still believes that : “STUDYING IN AN IIT IS NOT AN ACHIEVEMENT, BUT AN OPPORTUNITY”