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Arya Rajagopal: Meet daughter of petrol bunk attendant, now pursuing MTech final year at IIT

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Arya Rajagopal’s focus is clear. It has always been the first study for this bright and determined student who wants to stay away from the excitement generated by the recent reports about getting admission in IIT Kanpur for MTech.

The fact that he is already more than a year into his two year MTech course. The reason her story has attracted so much attention is that she is the daughter of a petrol bunk (Indian Oil Corporation) attendant.

His father Rajagopalan is proud of his only child.

Rajagopalan and his wife Shobhana Rajagopalan are residents of Annur near Payyanur in Kannur in North Kerala district.

According to what her father says, Arya clearly means business.

Before securing a seat at IIT Kanpur, he did a B.Tech course at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Calicut. The fact that she studied in Malayalam medium did not deter her from securing a seat in the NIT. While she was pursuing a plus-two course, she attended private coaching to prepare herself for the entrance exams. Being his only child, his parents made sure that he gets whatever cost he wants to fulfill his dreams.

Rajagopalan said, “From a very young age, Arya was concentrating on his studies. All we had to do was guide him.”

She studied till class X at St. Mary’s Girls’ High School, Payyanur. She did her plus-two course at Shenoy Memorial Government Higher Secondary School.

Raju CV, Arya’s chemistry teacher at Shenoy Memorial School, said that he had spoken to her on Friday night and that when she was actually studying chemical engineering, she had been misinformed about taking a petrochemical or petroleum technology course. disturbed. She is in her second year of the course, but from most reports it appears as though she joined recently.

His father always remembers Arya as a promising student. He remembers that he got A+ in all subjects in class X and XII. Later, he did his B.Tech at NIT, Calicut. He also got admission for MTech in Guwahati and Kharagpur IITs. However, he chose Kanpur, he said.

Rajagopalan said that as a petrol bunk attendant he currently earns a monthly salary of Rs 16,000. “You can well imagine how life would have been back (when Arya was younger),” he reminisces.

Rajagopalan said that his wife, who worked as a front office staff in a private firm during the last few years, helped him increase his income. “We live in our house. But it is currently under ‘maintenance’,” he said.

Arya has no intention of going abroad after completing his studies. She is keen to work in India only. She is confident of getting a good job and is looking forward to campus placement, as outlined by Rajagoplan.

Shobhana said that Arya chose the science group after completing her class X course.

Shobhana said of her daughter, “Her concentration is on studies, though she watches television and reads. She is a sensible daughter and doesn’t spend much money unnecessarily.”

She said, “Till now she has not had to help me with the household chores because that is everything my mother does.”

Arya’s story came to light when Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Ltd Chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya tweeted a picture of a father and daughter taken at their fuel station on the night of October 6 with a caption that read, “I I share an inspiring story of Arya, daughter of Mr. Rajagopalan, customer attendant of IndianOil. Arya has made us proud by getting into IIT Kanpur. Good luck and way to go!

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Hardeep Singh Puri in another tweet termed the achievement as ‘heartfelt’ and later, social media was flooded with praises from Arya and her parents.

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