23 June, 2021

No One's Too Poor For The Class

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Shyam Singh Deora
No One's Too Poor For The Class
Varun Arya spent most of his growing years in a 10x15 room that his family—parents and five brothers—called home. It had no electricity and the lantern light could never quite light up the muddy walls and floor, or Arya's books, on which he sometimes had difficulty focusing. Not for lack of interest, but for lack of energy, since he had been working at a shop after school hours from the age of six. His wages provided a vital supplement to what his father, who studied only up to the second standard, earned through small-time businesses and the mother, who never saw the inside of a classroom, made by working in other households.

Today, as director of Jodhpur's Aravali Institute of Management, with years of high-level stints at top-drawer companies behind him, Arya looks back at that one-room home with fondness and pride. Arya joined IIT Delhi in 1976 and IIM Ahmedabad in 1981. The value provided by these institutes has helped him soar above that first home in Abu Road, a small town in Rajasthan's Sirohi district.

Arya is thankful to ncert, whose scholarship took care...

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