Narasimha Rao’s village did not have electricity. But that did not deter the boy of Garikipadu village in Andhra Pradesh from studying under the light of an oil lamp. Nothing extraordinary in the general scheme of things. Except, this 18-year-old farm labourer has cleared the IIT-JEE 2008 exams — one of the toughest entrance tests in the country.
Narasimha has secured 453rd rank and will soon pursue Electronics or Mechanical engineering. "Our village did not have electricity throughout the day and in my school days, I used to study using an oil lamp. However, all my schoolteachers and neighbours supported me. They collected money and helped me join a private tutorial in Vijayawada after I finished Class X," he told . The boy always aspired to be an engineer and when he "got the opportunity to study", he did nothing but study