From Slums To Delhi University: How These Youngsters Did It

"I had to study at night. There are less trains during this hour," says Prince, a resident of Mayapuri.

New Delhi: Overcoming poverty and hardships of life in a slum, three youngsters have secured seats in prestigious Delhi University.

Among them is 17-year-old Prince who lives in Mayapuri, a locality that has India’s biggest scrap market. Living amidst clattering of passing trains and stink from heaps of garbage all around, preparing for board exams was an uphill task for him.

“I had to study at night. There are less trains during this hour. Sometimes, I put ear buds to cut out the deafening sound,” Prince told PTI.

Despite all the troubles he faced, Prince scored 94 per cent and bagged a seat in Kirori Mal College.

He wants to start preparing for the Union Public Service Commission examination and said, “If I become an IAS officer, I will take my family away from here.”

“Though my father earns enough to feed my family, he has never compromised on my education. I hope I can complete my graduation and clear the civil services exam,” he told PTI.

Another such inspiring youngster comes from northwest Delhi’s Tigri slum, an area that remains under constant threat of being submerged by rainy water and faces a subsequent disease outbreak.

Bagging seat in Delhi University’s Shaheed Bhagat Singh College is a “big opportunity”, said 17-year-old Devinder, who is pursing BA in Geography and scored 90.7 per cent in Class 12.

His family income, he says is around Rs 10,000 a month. “My mother sells lemons and chilies, and my father is a peon. Sometimes the situation gets challenging, but they always supported me,” Devinder told PTI.

On the other side of the city at Indira Camp slum, Madhu, a student of Hindi at Hansraj College, feels she can empower women by becoming a journalist.

“There is a lot to be done. I can complete my aim of advocating women empowerment by pursuing a career in journalism after graduation. If not I will take up teaching,” the 17-year-old told PTI.

Madhu said she could have scored better had her surroundings been more conducive to study.

Madhu who scored 88 per cent in Class 12 regrets that she could have scored better if her surroundings were better. “It was difficult to study with speakers blaring throughout my slum,” she said.

She attributes her success to her parents. She said that her father works in a shoe factory and ekes out a meagre living. “But he always encouraged me to study,” she told PTI.

According to city-based NGO Asha Community Health and Development Society, 130 children from different slums of the national capital got admission in Delhi University colleges.