For one year, he laboured in his home day after day while his parents laboured outside.
"My role models in life are my parents and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. I study for six to seven hours every day," said Abhishek Prasad.
To get till here, his father Rajendra Prasad, who is a cobbler, worked 12 hours a day to bring home a few thousand rupees, but to help pay his son's way through the next three years of college, this will not be enough.
His parents understand this and have mentally decided to tighten their belts further. They will do whatever it takes to help Abhishek complete his dream.
"I will also work day and night to earn money so that my son can study properly," said Sangeeta Devi, Abhishek's mother.
No one better understands than Abhishek how tough the journey till now has been, and also that getting into IIT is only the beginning. With some help from family and friends, he is confident about facing the challenges that he knows will come his way.
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