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Ayush Sharma, the son of a mechanic in Public Works Department (PWD) from Kanpur, has been accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, class of 2019, for their Undergraduate Program. MIT is considered as the best engineering college in the world according to US News.

Despite his impoverished background, Ayush is a highly motivated and determined student. “I don’t want to limit my learning just to myself. I want to make real impact in the community around me…I am excited to not only advance my individual academic pursuits but also engage in cutting-edge scientific work that actually changes lives.” says an enthusiastic Ayush, on the prospect of joining MIT.

Ayush has been a student with Avanti Learning Centres (Avanti) since 2013. Avanti is an award-winning education company that runs affordable IIT JEE and science and math test-prep classes across India. It was at Avanti that Ayush was introduced to the idea of studying abroad. Avanti had just started working on a program to help gifted lower-middle income students take advantage of need-blind admissions in top US colleges. Ayush was part of the first group of students who applied and got accepted to MIT and other prestigious universities.

His journey to MIT began with selection to Yale University’s prestigious Global Scholars Program in 2014, where Ayush secured a full tuition waiver. The competitive summer program targets outstanding high school students globally, giving them the opportunity to meet a talented community of fellow students, engage with world-renowned professors and interact with extraordinary visiting experts.

“When I first assessed Ayush for our study abroad program, I was not sure he would be able to cope. His communication skills needed work and there was little precedence of low/middle-class Indian students qualifying for top US schools”, says Taylor Gregoire-Wright, a Yale graduate who led Avanti’s foreign applications program.

After his experience at Yale, Ayush decided to apply to colleges in the US. For this, he needed to balance his SAT preparation along with his IIT JEE prep. Amazingly, he continued to excel at both. English was his greatest challenge given his limited exposure while growing up.

Ayush’s story with its humble beginnings is awe-inspiring and we at Avanti endeavor to help achieve his dreams. This is only the beginning of what is certain to be an immensely rewarding journey for this incredible boy from a small town. We wish him the best!

Although MIT has granted Ayush a scholarship for his tuition, his living and travelling expenses still need to be covered. Every support counts - your contribution of Rs. 500 or more can help Ayush with his relocation and daily expenses. Please help us do our bit in ensuring that Ayush becomes first of many incredible stories that defy all odds and becomes an inspiration for others in similar situations!

Read about Ayush on Huffington Post

About Avanti

Avanti’s blended-learning content and classroom technology makes it possible to deliver high-quality affordable coaching across India. Avanti’s classrooms use technology to provide 24/7 access to online content, and follow a flipped classroom methodology that allow students to be part of dynamic and engaging discussions. The use of technology allows Avanti to run profitable centres while charging affordable fees. Avanti delivers market-leading quality at less than 1/3rd the price of the competition and operates in several Tier 2 and Tier 3 towns across India.

The social impact of Avanti’s work has been recognized by Ashoka, The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Echoing Green and the PanIIT Alumni Organization. Our investors include the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and Ted Dintersmith from Charles River Ventures.

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30th September 2015


We got in touch with Ayush a few days back to check how he has been doing, and we were happy to know that he has adjusted well with the MIT community. Here is what he had to say - 

" MIT has been more than anything I could ever imagine! Being actually here at the campus and knowing MIT from the inside is an experience that is as amazing as it’s eye-opening.

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It’s been almost 4 weeks since I got here and I’m now into my second week of classes! Almost everything about this place is wonderful but what stands out to me the most is the community here. 

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We’re a strong community of world’s most incredible students and faculty members who are always willing to support and help each other as we make our way in this challenging place.

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I came here slightly intimidated with the thought of ‘not being able to fit in’ or not being able to make meaningful friendships/connections.Now it turns out that I’ve already acclimatized to this place so well that it feels home! I’ve made some really amazing friends too.  You can see more images of my journey here:

Last Friday night, I walked into Boston embracing the gorgeous view of Charles river along the way. One of my close friend was with me and she and I had a real fun time! 

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 Having this fortunate opportunity to be here reminds me how grateful I am to have mentorship and support of  wonderful people like. THANK YOU so much for your contribution, support and wishes, it means a lot! " 

- Ayush 

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