The hard way to glory

Winning laurels
Last Updated 20 May 2015, 15:33 IST

He used to help his mother sell flowers. Now, he is an electrical engineer, working as an assistant engineer at BESCOM. A student of Bangalore Institution of Technology, Abhilash AS has a lot to boast about.

 Completing his Pre-University course from St Joseph’s College, Abhilash went on to take electrical electronics engineering at BIT.    He completed his course recently and now is honoured with seven gold medals in VTU convocation as he has ranked first with highest marks in BE electrical and electronics engineering.

While hard work and dedication are his mantra, success is his obedient disciple. He, however, credits his success to his beloved mother Sunanda and his older brother Nagarjuna.

“I am from a financially backward family. My mother worked hard and she financed my studies. My brother too took complete responsibility and made sure that I had no problems while studying,” says Abhilash.

A devoted student, he took all his exams seriously.  But during his sixth semester exams, he was made to face his worst fear. “My father was detected with last stage of cancer when I was in sixth semester. He passed on and it was a very hard time for all of us. My
mother was devastated and I could not concentrate on my studies at the crucial year of my academics. But with the support of my family, it was possible for me to hop back in the
rat race,” he recalls.

His hard work reaped fruits and he says, “I thank my family, teachers and the college for this honour. They have been with me at every point and their presence has made me believe in myself.” Happy about his achievement, it is through struggle that he has reached this stage, he says.
Ask him how he prepared himself and he explains, “Necessity is the mother of everything. It triggers a thirst in you and it is this thirst that has helped me get these gold medals.” While he aimed at grabbing one gold medal, his commitment has helped him gain seven of them.

It has not been a smooth journey for Abhilash at all.  He comments on this saying, “Don’t limit your challenges. But challenge your limits. My mother had lost hopes in life after my father’s death. But after the medals and a job she says that she has got a new life.”

 It is optimism and confidence that has helped him reach new heights. “Time is a key factor and one cannot constrain time to gain knowledge. I dedicated all my time to what I wanted to achieve. Learning does not have an end,” he says.

He winds up with a positive note saying, “While it is great to be confident, it is not good to be overconfident. Always prepare for the best without worrying about the end result. Be positive and success will come to you.”

(Published 20 May 2015, 15:33 IST)

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