This Boy From Kashmir Got Into IIT, But Can't Afford The Rs 10,000 Counselling Fee

26 June 2015
Indiatimes.com
Mugdha Kapoor

New Delhi: Not many possess the willpower to overcome obstacles and emerge victorious against all odds. But Zahid Ahmad Qureshi is one who has fought life's several battles - living without parents, poverty etc, to accomplish his dream. At 21, Zahid made his grandparents proud when he cracked IIT. Zahid's father was killed by suspected militants when he was just two months old. His mother remarried and he was left at the mercy of his old grandparents, who themselves needed attention and care. But guess destiny was in Zahid's favour and he was lucky to have such grandparents who supported him even while facing extreme impoverishment. image DNA|Wikimedia Until 10 years back, his 96-year-old grandfather Azizullah Qureshi ran a small makeshift tea stall in Kupwara town to make ends meet. Despite facing extreme poverty, Zahid's grandparents sent him to school and he did not let them down. A bright student since his childhood, Zahid studied hard and his efforts and struggle paid off when he secured an enviable 89th rank in the IIT. But Zahid's struggles were far from over. Inspite of achieving such a rank, what's discouraging is that he can't arrange money for admission to secure a seat in the prestigious engineering institute. Unlike the Saroj brothers, who got help from all quarters to get through IIT, this Kashmiri boy has still found no help. Zahid received several calls to congratulate him for his achievement but none offered any help. Even the banks refused loan without an admission letter. With luck and money not in his favour, Zahid is losing all hopes of getting admitted to the IIT. 'We don't have even Rs 10,000 to pay my counselling fee. If not paid, my admission will be cancelled. I thought of selling my cell phone, but it is fetching only Rs 5,000,' Zahid, who hails from remote Dudwan village of Kupwara district, was quoted telling DNA. For someone who doesn't even have counselling fees, to arrange money for admission to the IIT is next to impossible. Therefore he is now contemplating to let go his IIT dream and join a local degree college to complete his graduation. We are hoping that the Ministry of Human Resource and Development takes cognizance and helps this young boy too just like it helped the Saroj brothers fulfill their dreams.