Had an inferiority complex as I could not speak English: Arvind Kejriwal

Recalling his experience from the time when he studied at IIT-Kharagpur, Arvind Kejriwal said that while everyone there would speak only in English, he could not speak the language

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday interacted with 372 Delhi government school students who have cleared the prestigious Joint Entrance Exam for admission to engineering courses. Speaking to the students, Kejriwal advised students not to become “bookworms” by running after marks. “The next four years are going to form the basis of your entire life. So don’t reduce yourself to bookworms, don’t run after marks and don’t forget to contribute to the country after you become engineers,” Kejriwal said.

Sharing an anecdote from his own life, Kejriwal said that when he went to IIT, he was not fluent in English. “I studied in Hisar and could not speak English. When I went to IIT-Kharagpur, everyone there would speak only in English. I had developed an inferiority complex,” Kejriwal recalled his experience.

Talking about the problems, he urged Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who was also present at the event, to facilitate English learning and speaking courses for students.

Encouraging students to work for the country, Kejriwal said: “You studied at government schools and may join government engineering colleges which run on tax payers’ money. Your hard work will contribute to the country.”

Kejriwal assured that his government would work to make the Higher Education Guarantee Scheme reach the students from Delhi who are studying in any other parts of the country as well. As per the scheme, loans given to students can be repaid after they have completed their studies.

“Students will be able to take loans upto Rs 10 lakh. So far the scheme was only for Delhi colleges but now students who completed school education from Delhi who wish to take admission in colleges outside the city will also be eligible for the loan scheme,” he said.

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