Hanjala Shafi’s childhood was marked with poverty and scarcity. Belonging from the Begusaray district of Bihar, Shafi’s childhood was troubled with the struggle for necessities. Even though he was admitted to a government school, the low education quality and the lack of teachers in the school hampered his studies from the very beginning. After being admitted to a different school on his aunt’s request, Shafi was unable to continue his studies there for not being able to pay the school fee and got expelled.
However with the help of his teacher Javed, Shafi was somehow able to clear his 10th exams. With the hope of becoming an engineer one day he came to Patna with his mother Jasmine. His target was to get into the super-30 programme that offers free coaching to children coming from extremely poor families and train them for IITs. But unfortunately they got duped and he was unable to register himself into the scheme. After his 12th boards he was unable to enroll himself into any engineering institute.
The second chance came, when with the assistance of a well – wisher Shafi was finally able to crack the 2013 IIT entrance exam. He is in IIT Delhi now completing his second year and making his parents very proud of his achievements. The resilience and fight for education that Shafi has shown is unique and commendable. Our country needs more young talents like Shafi who would not give up their fight until they reach their goal.