No sooner than CBSE declared the results of JEE mains, a poor locality located on the fringes of the southern Bihar district went into celebration mode. The reason for their celebration were those 50 candidates who had qualified the JEE Mains entrance exam. This locality is mainly inhabited by the weavers whose business' now is unable to earn a decent livelihood.
“We may have scored a half century this year but that is still not good enough. Next time, we will certainly hit a century”, gushed the successful JEE main examinees of Patwatoli, including Raushan Kumar, Vinit, Ankit and Naresh.
The area was well known for manufacturing high quality cotton garments with power looms and was famously known as 'Manchester of Bihar'. But, good times come to an end when the rising costs and growing competition made it difficult to produce the garments.
The area is known as 'Patwaloti' and known for sending many of its kids to IITs despite all the odds stacking against it. Over the past two decades each household from the area has given this nation an engineer.
Last year 40 students from this area made it to IIT and this year 50 students cleared the exam.
Many of those from Patwatoli who went on to become successful engineers have been inspiring and guiding successor generation of JEE aspirants, free of cost, to replicate their success. So, the Patwatoli saga goes on and on”, explains social activist Gopal Patwa, who helps organize community studies in the colony.