Dhavendra Kumar is no ordinary vegetable vendor. The 17-year-old who sells vegetables with his mother at the local market of Balod district’s Laundi village is also Chhattisgarh’s topper in this year’s class 12 state board examination.
Kumar scored 98.6%, coming first among 3.95 lakh students who took the examination, results of which were declared in April.
But Kumar’s joy has been short-lived. His family has no money and the boy has just returned dejected from the coaching hub of Rajasthan’s Kota after failing to rustle up the annual average fee of 1.3 lakh rupees for admission in a tutorial to pursue his dream of getting into an IIT.
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