According to city-based NGO Asha Community Health and Development Society, 130 children, including Prince, Devinder and Madhu, from different slums of the national capital got admission in DU colleges such as Kirori Mal, Kamala Nehru, Zakir Hussain, and Hansraj. These children were identified through the NGOs higher education programme in 90 small and big slums.

Beating all odds, this year a labourer’s son, who wants to become an IAS officer; a boy whose mother earns a living by selling lemons; and a porter’s daughter, who aims to empower women through journalism have got admission in DU.

A 17 year old Prince, who used to study at night, because at that time the clattering of passing trains are less, Prince said that “to reduce the sound from trains, I used to put ear buds”. He also added that if I will become an IAS Officer, then I will take my family away from here. Prince also added that his father never compromise with his studies.

He got 94% in 12 Board and now he got admission in BA Political Science at Kirorimal College. “Though my father earns enough to feed my family, he has never compromised on my education. I hope I can complete my graduation and answer the civil services exam,” said Prince in recent PTI report.

On the other side of the city at Indira Camp Slum, A girl named Madhu whose dream is to empower women through journalism got admission in Hindi at Hansraj. She got 88% in her 12 Board. “It was difficult to study with speakers blaring throughout my slum. Even the environment here is very bad. I could have scored better if my surrounding were better,” Madhu said. Madhu also added that his father always encourage her to study.

-Prachi Agarwal.


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