For some, the PUC exam is not just a test of their hard work; it’s a passage for their dreams, hopes and aspirations. A high percentage let’s them envision a life that’s different from their parents. For one Bengalurean, his dream looked like a real possibility when the exam results were announced on May 11.

Karthik K, a student of SGPTA PU College, Thyagarajanagar, had nothing going for him except the sheer determination to carve his own future. And he didn't stop at anything to achieve his ambition. Karthik, who was earlier a student at a government institution, worked hard and secured a scholarship. Getting this grant was necessary because his family struggles to make ends meet. His mother, a former security guard, is the sole bread winner. In addition to this, they receive his late father's pension of Rs 7.000 a month. 

“My mother used to leave home at 7am and would return at 10pm after finishing work. But even though she wouldn't see me, the support she gave me was tremendous,” Karthik told TOI.

And indeed it was.The PU college student secured 550 out of 600 in the PCMB stream. His high score of 91.6% has given him a chance of becoming a software engineer. With this, he hopes to build a house for his mother and sister, and dreams of arranging a grand wedding for his sibling.

It isn’t just Karthik who now has a way of achieving his dreams. Afshana, another Bengalurean, has overcome many hurdles along the way. This student of a government PU college, secured first class in the commerce stream wants to get a B.A degree and hopes of becoming a tahsildar.

However, the journey so far has been difficult. Afshana helped her mom who works as a domestic maid. After that,she tended to her bed-ridden father and took on responsibilities at home. Sometimes, she stayed back in college in order to find some time to study.

She told Bangalore Mirror that she wants to study but is uncertain about the future because of her family’s economic situation. However, her mom is her biggest supporter. “I want my daughter to study well and take care of her life. She is an asset to the family.”