‘My Dream Has Come True,’ Says Driver After Son Cracks IIM-A

“I figured out that to get me and my family out of financial hardships, I’ll have to study hard,” says Hitesh Singh.

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A twenty-two-year-old is making waves for getting admission into the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A). What makes the story remarkable is that he is the son of a driver.

Hitesh Singh is all set to embark upon a two-year Post-Graduate Program in Food and Agri-Business Management at IIM-A. Singh’s father, Pankaj Singh is currently employed as a driver for the managing director of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul), RS Sodhi, reported The Economic Times.

“When I used to visit the campus with my boss, I used to silently pray for my son to get admission here someday. That dream has come true today.”
Pankaj Singh to The Economic Times

‘Education Will End Our Hardship’

“I figured out early in my life that to get me and my family out of financial hardships, I’ll have to study hard. Although I did my schooling in Gujarati medium, language has never been a barrier for me.”
Hitesh Singh to The Economic Times

According to the report, the Singh family migrated from Bihar to Anand, Gujarat, and Pankaj Singh first worked as a security guard, a job from which he was earned a meagre Rs 600 per month.

Meanwhile, Hitesh was a bright student and despite his family’s financial struggles, he did his schooling in a Gujarati medium school and was in the 97 percentile group in Class 12 exams of Physics, Chemistry and Maths.

Apart from his parents, especially his mother who helped him with his studies, Hitesh credits Sodhi for helping mould his IIM dreams.

Inspired by Sodhi, the man at the wheel of India’s largest co-operative Amul, Hitesh is looking at a career in the dairy sector.

Sodhi told Indian Cooperative, “All the credit goes to Hitesh only as his perseverance and zeal to do well have led him to this position in life; I and my colleagues would indeed engage him in fruitful discussions but he cracked the exam by dint of his hard labour.”

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