In an age when most people keep complaining about lack of time, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from Jharkhand found time to help six students from Ranchi clear the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) while keeping his day job.
These six students and their IIT-JEE ranking are as follows: Yash Raj bagged All India Rank (AIR) 224, Aranya Aryaman AIR 570, Mayank Kumar AIR 827, Amitanshu Kumar AIR 2,814, Rai Apurav Nath AIR 3,210, and Mayank Kumar Meena AIR 3,624.
KK Khandelwal is Secretary, Transport and Civil Aviation, in the Jharkhand government. He coached the six boys free of cost for the entrance exam for the 23 prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology campuses and the Indian School of Mines (ISM) in Dhanbad.
In spite of his extremely busy schedule, Khandelwal managed to take some time out to coach the six students in mathematics and physics as part of their preparation for IIT-JEE. The results were 100 percent fruitful.
The 54-year-old officer had been coaching the six students since October of 2014 when they passed a written test. He leased out a private school campus especially for the coaching of these aspirants.
Khandelwal, an IAS officer from the 1988 batch, in an interview with Hindustan Times, said,
I have always enjoyed teaching, probably this is the reason I managed to find time for the students after my day’s work. The time I spent with the kids reenergised me. I cannot express in words how I feel. It is a wonderful feeling when your students achieve something.
Khandelwal has had his share of coaching IIT aspirants in the past when both his sons Ankur and Anupam bagged AIR 570 in 2011 and AIR 9 in 2013, respectively. His son Anupam's AIR 9 from the 2013 batch also happens to be the best rank from the state of Jharkhand till date.
The officer was quoted by Quint as saying,
After teaching my sons and seeing them succeed, I thought of preparing other students for IIT. I am not teaching any student for now, but I will definitely train another batch for the JEE soon.