A second time in a row, Bihar was surrounded by controversies for its questionable board exam results in 2017. The scam highlighted unfair practices used to pass the students which reflected badly upon the department of education. However, there is a village of humble weavers in the same state which is creating wonders.
Patwatoli in Gaya district of Bihar is known for its power looms. The village is inhabited by 10,000 people and most bread earners are weavers. Not only there has been 300 selections for various engineering examination for past two decades, this year village children clinched 20 IIT ranks.
The village found its inspiration in Jitendra Prasad who cleared the IIT examination. He settled down in the US for a job which paved the path for village children to follow. For Patwa Toli, 1990s have been the time of social change when looking at the success of Prasad, villagers started investing more into the education of their children. Even the recession of 1991 couldn’t deter the dedication of daily wage earners.
The former engineering students also contribute to help aspiring engineers. Therefore, an organization named Navprayas was established to help students prepare for IIT. Patwatoli also had 50 students qualifying the Joint Entrance Test 2017 results declared by Central Board of Secondary Education.
The village has seen its bad days economically, but nothing stopped parents from getting their children educated. Patwatoli is undoubtedly excelling in the education sector and the determination among its people is inspiring.