Farmer’s son gets 100% scholarship to Cornell
LUCKNOW: Scoring 98.2% in CBSE Class I exams is just another feather in the cap of this son of a marginal farmer from UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri as he already secured a berth in New York’s Cornell University — one of the eight Ivy League Universities in the US — with a 100% scholarship.
Anurag Tiwari now is waiting for his online classes at Cornell to start from September 1. Most US universities are currently holding virtual classes due to the health emergency caused in the country by the Covid-19 pandemic.
To appreciate his feat, one must consider that till four years ago, Anurag’s village didn’t even have ricity. A humanities student, Anurag scored a perfect 100 in economics and history, 99 in po itical science and 97 in English. He scored lowest in mathematics (95).
Anurag will study economics and mathematics at Cornell. “My decision to study humanities was questioned by many who felt it was not suitable for boys,” he told TOI.
Son of farmer Kamlapati Tewari and home maker Sangeeta Tewari, Anurag till class V attended a primary school in his village, Sarasan, 60km from Lakhimpur town. It was in class VI that he made the cut by qualifying the entrance test for admissions to VidyaGyan, a rural leadership academy located in Sitapur, which handpicks economically underprivileged meritorious students from rural UP. “The call letter in 2013 changed my life. Motivation to dream big came from my hard working parents. Support came from my three elder sisters who wanted me to get world class education which they couldn’t,” said Anurag.
Anurag started preparing for SAT when he was in Class — he scored 1370 marks out of 1600. Anurag applied to Cornell as an ‘Early Decision Applicant’ and got the call in December last year. “Throughout the process, my school teachers helped me write the draft essays, preparing the projects. My essays were edited by senior counsellors in Delhi who even helped me choose the colleges,” he said.
“When I reached my village after class I, everyone looked at me with high regards. People who didn’t know me earlier came to my house just to talk to me. It gives me hapess,” said Anurag, who finds an inspiration in ace cricketer MS Dhoni.
“I thought of making my son successful, but today he has made me a successful father. He taught me so much in all these years,” Kamlapati said.
anurag , there is matrabhumi and karmabhoomi . Please don't forget your matrabhoomi . Reach the top but don't ignore the people left at the bottom of the ladder
Good message sir (well said), today i am staying in abroad but i still remember my father's word that never forget your mother land (your origin).
All Brahmin leave this country for better life abroad as far as I know
Anurag, God bless you and may you reach the nacle of success. Wishing you the very best.
Now he will go serve other countries.
Why you so jealous !
The village had no ricity till 4 years ago. Hail 60 years of Congress govt. misrule. Modi govt. rified all villages giving deserving talent like Mr. Tiwari an actual shot at pursuing their dreams. Go India.
Paki Te rort1
Go boy ... !! ... Economics and mathematics is just a combo for a plum job in investment banking ... !!
加油，男孩…! !…要活得投资银行的肥差，学经济学和数学真是再合适不过了! !
India creats genius upto graduation level, but casteism, nepotism, po itics in India allow foreign universities to capture these genius .Even Brahma cannot improve this situation during his life time.
Paki Te rort1
India must have a policy of attracting the best talents like the US, where Quota sy em does not apply ... if they ever think of stop brain drain ... !! ...
Well done betaji!!!!
Great Anurag. Congratulation. You have proved that where is a will there is a way and God blessed those who take efforts. Keep it up
Such a wonderful piece of good news subah subah
Way to go Anurag !!
Ramesh T M
Nothing can stop this gifted student from getting sed to Cornell to the course of his choice. These talents are rare & deserve celebration. Wish this illustrious son of India, all the very best in all his endeavors.
Navin Chandra Mishra
Indian institutes like Delhi School of Economics and other so called prestigious colleges should wake up. They should have some mechanism to spot such exceptional talent and nurture them.
Way to go Anurag. You have made your parents & your village proud. Now go and make your country proud. May god bless you to be successful in all your endevours.
I am sure Anurag will help others in the village. But do not forget "Bharat Mata", who taught you ABC. Also do not forget your mother tongue. India needs good citizen like you.
Given opportunity every Indian can shine.
Congratulations to him
India should be ashamed of not promoting this kind of talent which other countries are welcoming with open arms. I am one of those individuals who was offered a smililar scholarship and now call US my home.. Never returning back to India.. Like never..
keep up good work
India has many stars... it's just an example...
A proud moment for all of us.