Vatsalya Singh Chauhan, a 21-year old B.Tech student from the prestigious IIT-Kharagpur bagged a whopping Rs. 10 million job with Microsoft in the US. The student hailed from a humble family of Bihar. His father Chandra Kant Singh took loans to send him to IIT, works as a welder in Bihar’s Khagaria district.
Studied in a Hindi medium government school, Vatsalya had been a scholar all through his education journey. He belongs to Sanhouli village of Bihar’s Khagariya region. His father is a welder and fabricates and welds shutters and doors for living. Even for his admission to IIT-Kharagpur, Vatsalya grabbed an All India rank of 382 in IIT-JEE entrance. It was during the campus recruitment in December that Vatsalya Singh Chauhan got this job. He says, “I will join the company after completing B tech in June this year”. What’s more, the boy said the 5-round selection process wasn't very difficult!
On hearing the placement news, the first reaction was incredulous and stunning into silence, and then they admitted of feeling being relieved and teary because the boy got what he worked for. The proud father in an interview said, “I took education loan worth Rs. 3.05 lakhs from a bank for his admission to IIT. We were in tears when Vatsalya told me that he has got a job in Microsoft”. However, this father is waiting for further proud moments as his younger son is also preparing for IITs in Delhi and his younger daughter is preparing for medical entrance examination from Allen in Kota.
Vatsalya also wants to pay it forward. In the future, he aims to open a school for the under-privileged students in his small town, and he is already inviting the IIT aspirants, saying people can contact him personally, he will be happy to guide them.