Achieving world-class education in a world-renowned university is each scholar’s dream but is incessantly marred by the price of living and exorbitant tuition fees.
At times, these dreams get dashed at the selection level of a few top-notch universities as students aren’t passed-out from famous institutions.
An Indian student, on the other hand, has not only defied the norms but has gone on to get offers to intern with more than 10 universities, which several scholars yearn to go to but seldom get a chance.
Delhi-based Abhishek Agrahari, an engineering student, is on cloud nine after internship offers came his way from the United Kingdom’s University of Oxford and the United States’s Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois, among others.
“It feels great that I have received offers from such a lot of famous universities. The tough work has in any case paid off,” Agrahari told ANI.
He up to now worked with some stellar institutes like Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on gas turbine engine and IIT Bombay on fluid-structure interplay, and IIT Kanpur on fluid dynamics and has offers from the institute’s centres in Kharagpur, Indore and Madras.
For Agrahari, the love for research stems from the truth that he does not consider in following the mainstream and the fixed urge of exploring something new on a daily basis.
“Research has attracted me from the very beginning as I do not like following what has been done in the mainstream. I constantly wanted to explore something new. I like to research into subjects like fluids, the black gap,” the 20-year-old added.
Brighter the sunshine, darker the shadow. There are questions from detractors approximately him opting for foreign universities over the Indian institutes. Agrahari feels that after working with premier organisations like DRDO and IIT, it’s time for some international exposure.
“The foreign universities are fairly advanced when it comes to infrastructure, quality of research as in comparison to what we are performing. Plus, you also get a substantial amount of international exposure as polite,” he said.
But this success didn’t come to him easily. He had to face his share of challenges throughout his commencement days and later as he used to be a “non-IIT” college and said that whatever student comes from IIT “will be the superior ones” — a insight that he believes exists.
“They (the universities) blindly consider in the IIT students quite than giving students who studied from private universities a chance. All of the process used to be very difficult for me,” he said, adding that convincing the interviewers used to be not a cakewalk.
Agrahari said that he has to study from other sources for his research as the topics that he’s focussing on aren’t taught at the bachelor’s level and they’re mostly researched throughout the post-doctoral or PhD level.
One would term it as extremely fascinating as he idolises British trade magnate Richard Branson and holocaust victim, Anne Frank, as these are two totally unrelated to his field. “His books, the thought process is something I in point of fact appreciate — he’s a multi-talented personality. I take such a lot inspiration from such personalities as they’re the jack and the master of all trades,” he said.
When asked approximately what university he would make a choice to pursue his internship in, he replied that he would be doing so at the University of Oxford in January next year. “Most likely, I can be setting out for oxford in January coming year 2021. There’s a large number of paperwork to be done to facilitate the visa and departure. Alternatively, I am also in talking terms with two or three other institutes in USA,” he added.
While entering the gates of Harvard, Oxford and Yale to go to class might seem far-fetched, but the key to the dream lies in one’s sincerity, tough work and honesty with the goal is worked upon, said the 20-year-old. “I all the time believed that whether they (IITans) could get there, why can’t I?” he concluded.