Hindustan Times | Rajeev Mullick | Jul 24, 2017 |
Joining Wellesley College, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Pennsylvania State University and University of California, Davis, seven students from UP will be studying liberal arts, robotics and engineer.
Lucknow Manvi, daughter of a daily wage earner, is one of the seven students from Uttar Pradesh flying to the US to chase her dream of pursuing higher education. After clearing her Class 12 from VidyaGyan School in Bulandshahr, Manvi has secured admission to the Wellesley College that is rated highly among national liberal arts colleges in the United States. When most of the girls from her area dropped out of school after Class 5, Manvi was determined to carve a niche for herself and complete her education. “I studied at the government primary school in my village up to Class 5. I always topped my class. I appeared for VidyaGyan entrance examination and succeeded in securing a place in the institution’s first batch,” Manvi, who will get full a financial aid of $75,000 annually for four years, said. The school starts from Class 6. In 2014, Manvi became the first student from Bulandshahr’s VidyaGyan School to win the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Scholarship. She then travelled to Minnesota to complete Class 11 and studied at the Edison High School for a year. After she returned to India to complete her Class 12, she was invited as a speaker to the recently concluded Global Citizen India Festival representing the potential of Indian village girls as future leaders. The 18-year-old shared the stage with Google’s India head, the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) country head and celebrities from Bollywood and talked about her journey from a village to VidyaGyan and then Minnesota.