Talent doesn’t depend on anyone’s class. It has been proved by a security guard of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Ramjal Meena was hired a security guard in the campus of JNU in 2014. He hails from Karauli, Rajasthan and is a father of three daughters.
The 34-year-old son of a daily wager, Meena went to a government school in his village Bhajera. He had to give up his education as the nearest college was 28-30 km away. He also had to work to help his father.
But his thirst for knowledge never died and he completed his graduation in Political Science, History and Hindi by distance learning from Rajasthan University.
About JNU he said, “What makes JNU different is that people here do not believe in the social hierarchy. Everyone — teachers and students — encouraged me; now they congratulate me. I feel like I have become famous overnight.”
Meena said, “Though I got really busy addressing my family’s financial issues, the regret of not joining a regular college was always there. But when I saw the academic environment here, the dream was revived.”
“I follow newspapers through apps on my phone. Besides, students also helped me get PDF notes,” he added.
Meena chose to study a foreign language as he has heard those who study foreign languages get to visit foreign countries. He also wants to try his luck in civil services.
Talking about his plans he said that he is the sole earner of the family and his wife is concerned about money so he will request for night shifts.
The chief security officer of JNU Naveen Yadav, said, “We are proud of him. But working night shifts with regular college is not possible. We will, however, extend all help possible to him.”