Some of the most inspiring success stories come from the humblest beginnings and reach great heights. Dreams, as they say, are woven into the hearts of many, but only a few truly dedicate themselves to relentlessly pursuing those dreams and transforming them into reality. Balwant Singh, a resident of Noida, is one such person who through unwavering determination and hard work has defied the odds and turned his dreams into a remarkable achievement.
Balwant Singh, a self-employed vendor, makes a living by selling a range of colorful and uniquely designed towels from a rickshaw. His main aim was to ensure that his son, Surjal, did not have to toil at menial work like him, but rather blaze a trail as an engineer. Today, that cherished dream is on the verge of fulfillment as 18-year-old Surjal has secured admission into the esteemed Delhi Technological University. Balwant Singh, originally from Aligarh, also has a daughter named Muskan, 20 years old. His income from selling towels is around Rs 1,000 per day, which helps the family sustain his livelihood.
Surjal aspired to get a seat in the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) to study engineering, a dream that his father ardently supported. Balwant Singh took the initiative to enroll his son in a coaching class for a year after his 12th grade exams, investing substantially in his education.
Surjal’s dedication and tireless efforts paid off when he scored an impressive score of 99.2 percentile in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains. Unfortunately, due to the gap of years in coaching after his 12th grade, he missed the opportunity to appear in the more competitive JEE Advanced. However, his strong performance in JEE Mains secured him a seat in the Computer Science department of the esteemed Delhi Technological University. The total amount of the course is Rs 2 lakh. Balwant Singh, who has wholeheartedly supported his son’s education so far without resorting to loans, had to borrow some amount from relatives to pay the course fees. He is now considering taking out a student loan to cover future expenses.
Academically gifted and driven, Surjal aspires to appear for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations after completing his engineering education. In a household full of ambition, even Balwant’s daughter, Muskan, who has a B.Sc. from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), is nurturing her dreams of appearing for the UPSC exams after completing her graduation.