New Delhi: Sunil Lakda, a tribal student hailing from a relatively small village in Surguja, Chattisgarh, has more reasons than other to cheer about his recent performance in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance exam.

Belonging to a humble background, Lakda said that he used to work 5 to 6 hours daily as a labourer to fend for himself. The student said that he focused all his energy on self-study, not making work relent him from his dream of aspiring to pass through the IIT.

“My family was not even able to buy books. I had contacts with the teachers who used to issue me books,” said Takda, who professed that he was not deterred by the plight of his family members.

But Sunil Takda’s fate could not have been sealed this easily if it was not for ‘Prayas’, a coaching initiative of Chattisgarh’s tribal welfare department.

Sunil Takda’s story is an inspiration for many whose determinations are slighted by their own plight and the condition of the society they reside in.