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5 People Who Couldn't Clear IIT JEE but Made Their Country Proud
In the past five years, number of students appearing for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) has gone up from 12 lakh to 14lakh. Undergraduate engineering seats in IIT’s altogether are 10,000. We see a huge gap between students who finally make up to the IIT’s and those who could not.

JEE Main Result were declared on 27th April 2017. Around 2 lakh students qualified for JEE Advanced which is a gateway to IITs. Results of JEE Advanced were declared on 11th June 2017. Those who cleared, got into IIT’s and what about those who could not?

In our country a lot of parents want to send their kids to the IITs for bright future prospects that “Brand IIT” has come to represent. Moreover, it is a quest of pride. “Brand IIT” brings with itself an unquestionable sense of repute for students, their parents, their extended family, their teachers and professors, their neighbors, their friends: mainly everyone they had ever been associated with.

After so much of rigorous efforts, sacrifices, aspirations when the results do not turn up your way it is natural to feel disheartened.But can life come to standstill in late teens or early 20’s? Coming out of this monotony of failing IIT and gearing up for a new direction in life is much tougher than cracking IIT. People who are able to do this are in no way behind than IITians. Let us tell you about few such great achievers who broke the myth regarding success.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, famous as “the Missile Man of India", was not a graduate from any IIT. Abdul Kalam born in Rameswaram into a Tamil Muslim family. His father was a boat owner and mother was a housewife. He used to distribute newspaper after his school hours to financially support his family. What he had was the will to learn and serve his country.

He completed his engineering from Madras Institute of Technology. He studied aerospace engineering and physics as electives during his engineering. APJ Abul Kalam served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the then Prime Minister from July 1992. He was leading the the nuclear tests of Pokhran-II.

He was honored with the country’s highest civilian award “The Bharat Ratna” for his unmatchable efforts in technology and aerospace. Abdul Kalam served as the President of India from 25th July 2002 to 25th July 2007 and he had won the presidential elections unanimously. He was the most active President India ever got as he interacted with number of students all through his term and even later just to inspire youth about success.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Venkatraman Krishnan is an Indian-American-British structural biologist who has won the prestigious Nobel Prize in chemistry. He had earlier not only failed IIT entrance but also failed entrance exam for to another famous medical college. He was born in 1952 at Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. His parents were into the field of education and had Doctoral degrees.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan had appeared for IIT and Christian Medical College in Vellore, one of the finest medical schools in India, but could not clear the entrances of both. He then took up to study medicine at Baroda. He became the 13th member of staff of Cambridges Laboratory of
Molecular Biology
to win a Nobel Prize.

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella leads the billion dollar company Microsoft and yes he is not an IIT-ian! He failed IIT entrance but his journey did not stop there. He has finished his engineering from Manipal University. He was appointed the CEO of the Microsoft in 2014 taking the alter from Steve Ballmer.

With a package of of $17.5 million he is one of the highest paid Indian origin CEO. His father was an IAS and the family belongs to Hyderabad, Telengana. Satya began his career with Sun Microsystems in the USA and in the year 1992 he moved to Microsoft. Satya has headed top products for Microsoft such as Windows Server, Windows Azure, System Center, SQL Server was looking after the software-development tools that Microsoft had started their business with as well.

He has played an important role in PM Modi’s digital India campaign. In his last visit to India Satya announced that Microsoft would initiate cloud services from Indian data centers as a vital part of both ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ projects. He also went on to promise that Microsoft would also help the country by taking technology to 500,000 villages across India.

Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana was born on March 17th, 1962, in Karnal, Haryana. Her family background was average middle class. After failing IIT entrance she went ahead for B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. Further, she got an M.Sc. Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Working with NASA was always on Kalpana’s mind therefore she got a Phd in Aerospace Engineering. 1998 was the year in which Kalpana started to work with NASA Ames Research Center. Her first Space mission started on November 19th, 1997, as she flew to space on Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87 with six other astronauts.

She is the first Indian born woman to fly in Space, and the second Indian to be in Space after Rakesh Sharma. Her next space mission started on January 16th, 2003 where she flew on Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-107. While returning back to Earth the shuttle disintegrated and caught fire which caused Kalpana Chawla’s death on February 1st, 2003. She will always be remembered for breaking barriers and making her country proud.

Vinod Dham

Vinod Dhamis universally known as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and an inventor. He is called the ‘Father of the Pentium Chip’. His offerings in the development of Pentium processors from Intel brought him huge fame. Dham has been the most accomplished venture capitalists in India. His activities are greatly valued and respected as he is among the rare Indian-Americans who have aided to change the face of America.

For some, failing in IIT-JEE is seen upon as a vital failure in life. It can never be the end of the world. People mentioned above have failed at IIT and yet have emerged successful in their lives. It is a very myopic view that IIT’s are the only way to a successful career. One needs to be determined and hardworking, success will make its way on its own.


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