April 27: Meet the most mind-boggling place in the Country. Patwatoli is a small village in the Gaya District of Bihar, where every second child is an IITian. Hard to believe? This is a true event.
Traditionally known for its weavers, Patwatoli is now known for having a disproportionately high number of youths studying at the Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institutes of Technology, with at least 200 of the 1,000 households in the locality having at least one engineer. As one walks through the tiny lanes of this village, one can hear the constant fluttering of the power looms from every corner. The maximum population of this village is involved in weaving.
As per the folklore, this village was set up by Raja Man Singh, under the Kingship of Mughal ruler Akbar. This place is particularly also famous for the Gamcha that is made here. It is loved even in Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.
With the onset of technological era, it seems that even this small village is all set to race in. Patwatoli is also called the ‘Manchester’ of Bihar, but in the recent years, it has emerged as the place with the most IITians in the country. The total population of this village is about ten thousand and as per the records, in the last 15 years it has produced as many as 350 Engineers out of which 200 are IITians.
As much as we are shocked to learn this fact, we are also filled with pride and respect for the students of this village. Getting into the IIT, whose entrance exam is supposedly one of the toughest in the country, is one heck of a job. Immense hard work, perseverance and great dedication has made it possible for the lads of this particular place to outshine in the entire country.
It would be really impossible to regard that this place doesn’t even have any proper coaching institute. Yet, the country’s most prestigious college has students from this place. The students of this place are guided by their fellow village students, their elders, the ones who are already studying in IIT’s and NIT’s. They hold group discussions and give them tips on solving questions. They are the ones who motivate these young guys to excel. Everyone in this particular place, caters to the progress of its students.
The economically weak students are taken care of, tuitions are provided to the ones who need them and even separate rooms have been constructed, so that the students can study without getting disturbed.
As many as 22 students from this village are presently working in the United States, many others are in Singapore, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, Dubai and so on, where they are working with one of the top companies.
Belonging from the poorest of the poor households, the future engineer generation of this country is the prodigy of this particular mainland.