It’s only in the time of difficulty do we come to know who are true friends are, for Priyanshu Kumari of Jehanabad in Bihar it was the villagers who came to her rescue. The class 10 student secured top rank in the Bihar boards but uncertainty lay ahead of the young girl and her family as their finances came in the way of her further education.
In India, we have heard of cases of young, bright and brilliant students who end up dropping out of school because of the financial hardship in the household. The same was the case with Kumari, who had secured 472 marks in the board exams and topped the Bihar Board.
She made headlines for her educational success but little did people know about the financial instability of her family. Kumari has been raised by her mother and grandmother.
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Villagers Help Bihar 10th Board Topper For Higher Studies
But taking into consideration her studies and marks, the villagers decided to come forward and share the responsibility for her education. The first person to offer aid was Santosh Kumar, who is a resident there and a retired soldier, and former head of Sumera Panchayat.
Soon after Kumar approached the family, help started pouring in and the villagers decided to form a committee to take care of her education and help the family in possible ways. They reportedly unanimously decided to help her achieve her dreams.
As per reports, when Priyanshu Kumari was an infant, she lost her father Kaushlendra Sharma and soon after that her grandfather passed away. Ever since then women in her family, her mother and grandmother took over the responsibility of running the household. Shobha Devi and Sumitra Devi started working odd jobs to make the ends meet. Through this income, they provided education for Kumari and her sister.
While talking to the media, she said, ‘The financial condition of my house is not good. Because of this, there were hurdles in my studies and I will have to face the same problem in future also. The villagers and the people of the district have assured help. The employed people have decided to form a committee so that my financial condition can be a little better and help in my studies. Had my financial condition been good, my result could have been better.”
Reportedly, Kumari wants to become an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. Now, this is not just her but the village’s dream as the villagers are now working relentlessly to make sure that she achieves her dreams.