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Apeksha Bagchi

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Sujita Shah’s Journey From Rajasthan To Working In Reuters Is Our Dose Of Inspiration For Today

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  •  September 12, 2017

 

What does it take to beat the most difficult odds? The determination to win and confidence in yourself. Sujita Shah from Rajasthan has successfully combined both! Daughter of a cashier, who finished a Hindi medium school, today she works at Thomson Reuters, one of the largest news organizations in the world! 

Launched in 2010-11 by the Ashok Gehlot government, the Videshi Adhyan Yojana sponsors the foreign education of three girl toppers of Class 10 from government school every year with the annual cap of Rs10 lakh (now Rs 25 lakh). And back in 2011, Sujita Shah received a letter from the government which informed her that she had been selected under the scheme.

Though most parents are reluctant in sending their daughters abroad, Sujita luckily had no such problem but faced other difficulties. “I had no clue about how to prepare for SAT and there was no coaching in the city either for the exam. My English vocabulary was poor by SAT standards. I was already caught between school and coaching classes,” Sujita told.

She stayed in Jaipur during the two-month summer break in 2012 and attended SAT coaching and cleared the exams. Her grandfather was her pillar of support as he made rounds of government offices for months to get Sujita’s documents cleared and was the one behind getting the government yearly expenditure cap for the student upped from 10 to 15 lakh and then 25 lakh.

After studying computer science at South East Missouri State University in Missouri, she applied for the University of Minnesota. This June, she is working a big data analyst in Thomson Reuters in Minnesota. She is on a six-month training period, she said and will be absorbed after the completion of the training period. She wishes to study further in the US and dreams of a job at the Indian Space Research Organisation.

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