Jharkhand’s daily wage labour becomes Bihar topper

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Giridih: Ganesh Kumar, is a normal a daily wage worker by the day and a serious student by night. His recent feat, of having topped the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB)’s Intermediate of Arts examination may make one recall, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar or APJ Abul Kalam, who overcame all adversities, to excel in the field of education. Kumar, has secured 82.6 percent (413) marks to emerge as a topper.

Significantly, Bihar government since 2016 had started an award of Rs one lakh to each topper. And when Ganesh’s name got announced, everyone from Bihar’s education department to media persons started searching for him. But the college from where Ganesh appeared for examination being situated in the interiors of Samastipur, was located, after lots of exercise, in order to trace Ganesh’s identity.

A native of Saria, Giridih, Kumar, had shifted base to Samastipur, Bihar, post the death of his father, who was a painter. It was from Samastipur that he not only supported his family, back home in Giridih, butcontinued his study as well.

Ganesh, was not aware about his super score in senior secondary, as he is in Bengal with his mother for a relative’s funeral, “I could not believe that I topped in Bihar, if it is reality, then I am very happy and feeling good,” the topper reacted.

His elder sister Mukta, who got married in Saria itself inform that, due to financial crisis, Kumar, had to take a break from his education. At the age of 22, from Samastipur, he appeared for secondary examination in 2015 and secured a first division.

Ganesh is now 24-year-old.

“I was aware that this time also my bother will do well, as he had put in so much hard work into it,” Mukta mentioned.

She added, “My mother runs a small shop at her residence only to maintain the family expenses, especially, when Ganesh is busy with his exams.”

“He is very simple and hard working guy. So this time, on several occasions, we friends have helped him financially. We had decided that this time he does not discontinue his education,” said Narendra Kumar, a friend of Ganesh.

When Ganesh is about what he wants to do in future? The topper seems to have  not very high demands from life. He said, “I want a good job, so that I can look after my mother and two sisters, and lead a respectable life.”




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