300 IITians From A Village!
June 23, 2017
Every home in the Patwa Toli village in Bihar’s Gaya district has at least one engineer, with 20 people qualifying for IITs this year.
Patwa Toli village is inhabited mostly by weavers. So far, 300 students have qualified for various engineering examinations in this village of 10,000 people. This year, 20 students were successful in cracking IIT. The former engineering students of Patwa Toli formed an organisation called Navprayas which helps extends help to students preparing for IIT.
Back in 1992, Jitendra Prasad was the first student from the village to clear the IIT examination. Jitendra Prasad left for the US for the job in the year 2000. This inspired his juniors in the village to work hard and fulfill their dreams of becoming engineers. During the recession in the 1990s, the Weavers of Patwa Toli started focusing on the education of their children. Since then, the students have been earning laurels for their village and doing proud to their elders.