Indigent, intelligent, they dream big

Sharanappa Saibanna Pujar of Gurusanagi in Yadgir District, son of a cement factory worker, dares to dream despite the poverty of his family.

He has scored 85.83 per cent marks in the second PU Science examination and has made his parents proud. He has bagged 93 marks in Physics, 93 in Chemistry, 94 in Mathematics, 85 in Biology, 60 in English and 90 in Kannada.

The eldest among the three sons of Saibanna Pujar, a fireman at the Rajashree cement factory in Sedam taluk of Gulbarga district, Sharanappa hopes to become an engineer.

Saibanna Pujar manages his family on a modest salary of Rs 5,500 and has ensured that his children are educated.

Shaheen Pre-University College in Bidar, where Sharanappa studied, provided him free board and lodge.

His father is happy that his son has passed with flying colours. But he is concerned over his son’s future.

“I cannot afford to continue his studies. If only the Government or philanthropists give wings to his dreams....” he adds.

‘Medicine is my interest’

When Mushtaq Ahmad Ismail passed his second PU Science exams with 90.33 per cent, his mother could not contain her happiness.

Managing the family of nine children, the widow has not compromised on her children’s education.

The family ekes out a precarious living from a four-acre land in Torana of Aurad taluk in Bidar.

Free board and lodge facility at the Shaheen Pre-University College took care of Mushtaq’s PU education.

His elder brother is pursuing his studies in medicine in Hubli. Like his brother, Mushtaq also nurses the dream of becoming a doctor, if somebody could lend a helping hand...

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