Kharagpur: 21-year-old IIT Kharagpur student Vatsalya Singh Chauhan, who has landed a Rs. 1.02 Crore job with Microsoft in the US, says cracking the five-round selection process “wasn’t very difficult.” The final year student’s father works as a welder back home in Bihar’s Khagaria.
“At fist my father didn’t believe me. Once the news was confirmed, he couldn’t speak for a while,” the boy, whose father Chandra Kant Singh took loans to send him to IIT, said.
His education was mostly supported by scholarships but his father never let their meagre means get in the way whenever he needed money for his studies, Vatsalya said.
Speaking to NDTV from Kharagpur, Chauhan said on the selection process for Microsoft, “It wasn’t very difficult but I did not have such big expectations.” He went through a code writing round, a written test and then three rounds of interviews. “They were impressed in the interviews,” a confident Vatsalya, who passed Class X from a local school in Khagaria, told NDTV.
“I passed Class X from the Bihar board and I didn’t even know what the IITs were,” he said.
After Vatsalya did poorly in the IIT entrance exam in 2009, he enrolled at Kota in Rajasthan, known for its coaching classes for IIT hopefuls.
Three teachers there ensured his expenses were taken care of, according to Vatsalya’s father. “Those three teachers spotted his talent and covered all the costs,” he had told NDTV on Friday. “I just had to pay for his train tickets when he came to see us.” Mr Chauhan also said that when he visited his son in Kota, the teachers “provided us with the sort of food I could never afford at home.”
Mr Chauhan, who has five other children, said he has now sent one of his daughters to Kota to prepare for the medical entrance exam.