With dedicated preparation and significant effort, individuals may have the chance to pursue their studies at renowned engineering and technology institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Himanshu Hooda, a 23-year-old, recently discovered his passion for joining a prestigious engineering program, and he aspires to make this opportunity a reality.

Himanshu’s exceptional achievements came to the forefront after he successfully cleared the challenging Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). His remarkable feat of securing the 205th All-India Rank served as an inspiration to many. As a result of his impressive test results, Hooda received offers to pursue M.Tech courses from both IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore.

Who is Himanshu Hooda?

Despite facing numerous financial challenges and hailing from a humble background as the son of a tea vendor in Haryana, this determined 23-year-old individual managed to overcome obstacles and achieve his dream of becoming an engineer from one of India’s top universities. To ensure his son’s success in the chosen field, the father, Om Prakash Hooda, took a loan of Rs 15 lakh. In addition to his studies for the GATE examination, Himanshu dedicated his time to working at his father’s tea shop located on the Rohtak-Sonipat route in Sector 3.

In 1990, Himanshu’s family relocated from the rural village of Mungan to Rohtak. Himanshu proved himself to be a bright student and successfully completed his Bachelor of Technology from YMCA Faridabad in 2022. His academic prowess was evident as he consistently outperformed his peers, earning an impressive 90% in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics during his 12th grade at Mahendra Model School, as reported by Zee News.

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Following the completion of his 10th and 12th grades, Himanshu embarked on preparations for the highly competitive Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), which was his desired goal. Despite his efforts, he faced initial setbacks and was unable to achieve success. Himanshu’s father, a tea vendor with limited financial means, faced challenges in providing his son with a quality education. During the time when the family resided in a rented home in a housing authority neighborhood, Om Prakash took out a loan to support his son’s education expenses.

Om Prakash, filled with immense happiness, expresses his complete satisfaction in life as his son, Himanshu, has achieved his lifelong goal. He fondly recalls how Himanshu, during his preparation phase, wrote “IIT Bombay” on the walls of their home as a constant reminder of the significance that IIT-B holds for him.

Reflecting on his journey so far, Himanshu acknowledged the unwavering support he received from his family at every step, even during his high school and college days. He used to contribute to the family by working at his father’s tea shop, serving tea to customers. Interestingly, when the results of the GATE examination were announced, Himanshu happened to be at his father’s tea shop.