AJIT KUMAR YADAV’S ENDURING VISION
Ajit Kumar Yadav is listening to four men asking for his permission to organize a political rally. Yadav is the SDM of Ambassa, far from his native Kheri village in Haryana. He is a 35- year-old IAS, a totally blind. 30 years ago, he suffered weeklong fever and diarrhea and lost his eyesight permanently. Ajit went from a carefree child to a handicapped person. His uncle started home-schooling Ajit, besides teaching he was told inspiring stories about Swami Vivekanad, Subhash Chandra Bose. He himself realized that “the key to independence lay in educating oneself”.
By age eight, Ajit was sent to a New Delhi School boarding school for visually impaired. Now he could tell when the glass was full with water, recognize people from the sounds of their footsteps and the smell of cooking could tell exactly how far he was from the dining hall. While the other boys slept, he would be up at 4am practicing his reading and writing, with special paper and a Braille pen.
By 2003, having earned his BA in Political Science and B.Ed., he as a teacher in the local government school, added charts, maps and a globe in teaching and this helped the average kids to score good marks. Having heard of the blind people can join the IAS, he sat for the 2006 Civil Service Examination but could not qualify due to lack of study material in the village. Ajit moved to Delhi as an Asstt. Professor in Shyam Lal College. He stayed up late reading or listening to audiotapes of study material and it rewarded Ajit with 208th rank out of 791 candidates and he qualified the exam. But this was not end of his success story, he was told to settle for the lesser Indian Railway Personnel Service as only the partial blind are eligible for the IAS. Disheartened, he filed a case with the Central Administrative Tribunal but nothing was fruitful. Fortunately, somehow he met the Prime Minister, and three days later he was asked to report for training and he joined the 2012 IAS batch at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie.
Source : Reader’s Digest, January 2015
Submitted by : Archana Sharma
Department of Applied Sciences & Humanities
WARRIORS OF WILL
LUCKNOW: Two sons of Uttar Pradesh-based daily wage labourer who have cracked the prestigious entrance examination to the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology will get full financial support for admission and education by Sulabh International.
Taking cognizance of TOI’s news report highlighting how Dharamraj, father of Raju (18) and Brajesh (19), (who have secured top 500 rank in IIT JEE exams) was facing acute financial crisis and running from pillar to post to arrange money for their admission, Sulabh International’s founder and social worker Dr Bindeshwar Pathak said he would take care of all financial liabilities in the admission and education of both the brothers.
Dharamraj, who hails from Pratapgarh district in UP, but works as a daily wager in a factory in Surat in Gujarat, hardly manages to fend for his family of seven. Despite all odds, both the brothers cleared the IIT JEE attaining 167 and 410 ranks. But they are not celebrating, as they have no money to take admissions which begins on June 25.
“We have approached banks but they denied giving loan at this stage. Bank gives loans only after admission, “Raju pointed out.
WARRIORS OF WILL: Raju (in white shirt) ranked 167 in the IIT-JEE, and his brother Brijesh (not in the photo) 410. The boys and their family live in a rundown mud hut with a tarpaulin roof.
Pathak, while congratulating both the brothers, said they are inspiration for students belonging to rural areas and poor families. “Money will not be hurdle for both the brothers and I will personally take care of their education and other needs,” he said, while assuring both the brothers to extend all possible assistance to excel in academic flied.
Source : News paper – Times of Inidia – Sulabh to support Pratapgarh labourer’s sons who cracked IIT entrance exam.
Contributed by : Archana Sharma,
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
SUCCESS STORY OF DHIRUBHAI AMBANI
Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani (Dhirubhai Ambani) was born on 28 December 1932, at Chorwad, Junagadh (now the state of Gujarat, India) to Hirachand Gordhanbhai Ambani and Jamnaben in a Modh family of very moderate means. He was the second son of a school teacher.
Dhirubhai Ambani is said to have started his entrepreneurial career by selling “pakora” to pilgrims in Mount Girnar over the weekends. When he was 16 years old, he moved to Aden, Yemen. He worked with A. Besse & Co. for a salary of Rs.300. Two years later, A. Besse & Co. became the distributors for Shell products, and Dhirubhai was promoted to manage the company’s filling station at the port of Aden. He was married to Kokilaben and had two sons, Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani and two daughters, Nina Kothari and Deepti Salgaocar.
In 1962, Dhirubhai returned to India and started the Reliance Commercial Corporation with a capital of Rs.15,000.00. The primary business of Reliance Commercial Corporation was to import polyester yarn and export spices. The first office of the Reliance Commercial Corporation was set up at the Narsinathan Street in Masjid Bunder. It was a 350 Sq. Ft. room with a telephone, one table and three chairs. Initially, they had two assistants to help them with their business. In 1965, Champaklal Damani and Dhirubhai Ambani ended their partnership and Dhirubhai started on his own. It is believed that both had different temperaments and a different take on how to conduct business. While Mr. Damani was a cautious trader and did not believe in building yarn inventories, Dhirubhai was a known risk taker and he considered that building inventories, anticipating a price rise, and making profits through that was good for growth.
During this period, Dhirubhai and his family used to stay in one bedroom apartment at the Jaihind Estate in Bhuleshwar, Mumbai. In 1968, he moved to an upmarket apartment at Altamount Road in South Mumbai. Ambani’s net worth was estimated at about Rs.1 million by late 1960s.
Ambani’s his great achievement was that he showed Indians what was possible. With no Oxford or Yale degree and no family capital, he achieved what the Elite “brown sahibs” of New Delhi could not: he built an ultramodern, profitable, global enterprise in India itself. What’s more, he enlisted four million Indians, a generation weaned on nanny-state socialism, in an adventure in can-do capitalism, convincing them to load up on Reliance stock.
Still, Ambani seems destined to be remembered as a folk hero—an example of what a man from one of India’s poor villages can accomplish with non-shrink ambition.
Source – http://bigdreamdhirubhaiambani.blogspot.in/2008/04/story-of-success.html
Contributed by :- Garima Varshney
Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering
A TRUE STORY OF AN ATHLETE
Glenn Cunningham was horribly burned in a schoolhouse fire at the age of 8. Doctors predicted he would never walk again. Determined to walk, Glenn would throw himself off his wheelchair and pull his body across the yard and along a fence. Twenty-two months later, he took his first steps and through sheer determination, learned to run despite the pain…
The little country schoolhouse was heated by an old-fashioned, pot-bellied coal stove. A little boy had the job of coming to school early each day to start the fire and warm the room before his teacher and his classmates arrived. One morning they arrived to find the schoolhouse engulfed in flames. They dragged the unconscious little boy out of the flaming building more dead than alive. He had major burns over the lower half of his body and was taken to a nearby county hospital. From his bed the dreadfully burned, semi-conscious little boy faintly heard the doctor talking to his mother. The doctor told his mother that her son would surely die – which was for the best, really – for the terrible fire had devastated the lower half of his body. But the brave boy didn’t want to die. He made up his mind that he would survive. Somehow, to the amazement of the physician, he did survive. When the mortal danger was past, he again heard the doctor and his mother speaking quietly. The mother was told that since the fire had destroyed so much flesh in the lower part of his body, it would almost be better if he had died, since he was doomed to be a lifetime cripple with no use at all of his lower limbs.
Once more the brave boy made up his mind. He would not be a cripple. He would walk. But unfortunately from the waist down, he had no motor ability. His thin legs just dangled there, all but lifeless. Ultimately he was released from the hospital. Every day his mother would massage his little legs, but there was no feeling, no control, nothing. Yet his determination that he would walk was as strong as ever. When he wasn’t in bed, he was confined to a wheelchair.
One sunny day his mother wheeled him out into the yard to get some fresh air. This day, instead of sitting there, he threw himself from the chair. He pulled himself across the grass, dragging his legs behind him. He worked his way to the white picket fence bordering their lot. With great effort, he raised himself up on the fence. Then, stake by stake, he began dragging himself along the fence, resolved that he would walk. He started to do this every day until he wore a smooth path all around the yard beside the fence. There was nothing he wanted more than to develop life in those legs.
Ultimately through his daily massages, his iron persistence and his resolute determination, he did develop the ability to stand up, then to walk haltingly, then to walk by himself – and then – to run. He began to walk to school, then to run to school, to run for the sheer joy of running. Later in college he made the track team. Still later in Madison Square Garden this young man who was not expected to survive, who would surely never walk, who could never hope to run – this determined young man, Dr. Glenn Cunningham, ran the world’s fastest mile**!
Story Told By Burt Dubin,
Developer of Speaking Success System.
**On June 16, 1934, Glenn Cunningham ran the mile in 4:06.8 minutes, breaking the world’s record. His effort portrays that whatever you want to create in your life is yours for the making. As long as you desire it enough and allow your will to guide you, you can have and be whatever your heart desires. The only one that can put limits on our personal will is ourselves. Develop and encourage your will to create and all the forces of nature within and without will help you bring your desire to pass
Contributed by: Pawan Singh Mehra
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
AN AMAZING AND INSPIRING LIFE STORY OF MARVAN ATTAPATTU
It’s a story that Harsha Bhogle, India’s most loved cricket commentator, loves to tell, over and over again. Making his debut in Test cricket for Sri Lanka, Marvan scored a duck in his first innings. And again, in his second innings.
They dropped him. So he went back to the nets for more practice. More first-class cricket. More runs. Waiting for that elusive call. And after twenty-one months, he got a second chance.
This time, he tried harder. His scores: 0 in the first innings, 1 in the second Dropped again, he went back to the grind. And scored tonnes of runs in first-class cricket. Runs that seemed inadequate to erase the painful memories of the Test failures. Well, seventeen months later, opportunity knocked yet again. Marvan got to bat in both innings of the Test. His scores: 0 and 0. Phew!
Back to the grind. Would the selectors ever give him another chance? They said he lacked big-match temperament. His technique wasn’t good enough at the highest level. Undaunted, Marvan kept trying.
Three years later, he got another chance. This time, he made runs. He came good. And in an illustrious career thereafter, Marvan went on to score over 5000 runs for Sri Lanka. That included sixteen centuries and six double hundreds. And he went on to captain his country. All this despite taking over six years to score his second run in Test cricket. Wow! What a guy!
How many of us can handle failure as well as he did? Six years of trying, and failing. He must have been tempted to pursue another career. Change his sport perhaps. Play county cricket. Or, oh well, just give up. But he didn’t. And that made the difference.
We all hear stories of talented people who gave up before their potential was realized. People who changed jobs and careers when success seemed elusive.
The next time you are staring at possible failure or rejection, think of Marvan. And remember this: If you don’t give up, if you believe in yourself, if you stay the course, the run will eventually come. What more you could even become captain some day.
Contributed by : Pradeep Kumar Gupta
Department of Mechanical Engineering
After many years of serving his secret fried chicken recipe in his local restaurant, Colonel Harland Sanders found himself in need of a new career. At the age of 65, he began to collect his social security check of about $100 as he wondered how he was going to survive financially.
Colonel Sanders’ background: Growing up in Indiana, household responsibilities were often left to him while his mother worked to support the family after his father’s early death. This is how he developed his keen cooking skills as he helped his mother take care of the other children in his family. Several different jobs later, Sanders began his entrepreneurial career running a service station in Kentucky while serving his special chicken in a dining area within. As business grew, he relocated to a restaurant close by in order to make his original recipe with its blend of eleven herbs and spices accessible to even more customers. He also added a motel to the business.
In 1935, at forty-five years old, Sanders was dubbed a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor, in recognition of his fabulous cooking skills. Subsequently, in 1940 Sanders created his well-known “Original Recipe.”
Sanders originally prepared his chicken in an iron skillet but soon realized that was not efficient in a restaurant setting. In order to decrease the wait time for his customers, Sanders modified his cooking procedure by making use of a pressure fryer. The Sanders Court & Café catered mainly to travelers on their way to Florida through the town of Corbin, Kentucky. However, in the early 1950’s, a new interstate was in the works that would cause a great loss in business, forcing Sanders to retire and sell his restaurant .However, the government check was small and Sanders wasn’t willing to just sit still and try to make due. He believed there was an opportunity to market his chicken to restaurant owners across the U.S.In his travels, he was rejected on many occasions, laughed at about his attire of his starched white shirt and white pants. However, Sanders persevered, and after a little over 1,000 visits, he finally persuaded Pete Harman in South Salt Lake, Utah to partner with him. They launched the first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” site in 1952.
In the early 1960’s there were over 600 franchised locations in the U.S. and Canada selling the delectable chicken. Subsequently, in 1964 Sanders sold the franchising operation for $2 million. The franchise has been sold three other times since then and continues to be a well-known successful business.
Moral: When there is a will, there is a way.
Contributed by : Priyashree Verma
Department of Civil Engineering