Vatsalya Singh Chauhan, who has landed a Rs 1.02 crore job with Microsoft in the US, says cracking the five-round selection process “wasn’t very difficult.” The final year student’s father works as a welder back home in Bihar’s Khagaria.
“At first my father didn’t believe me. Once the news was confirmed, he couldn’t speak for a while,” the boy, whose father Chandra Kant Singh took loans to send him to IIT,” he said.
Vatsalya’s father Chandra Kant Chauhan said, “My son told me that he had a landed a job, and I was very relieved and tears came out of my eyes because finally he had got what he worked for. Initially he told us that his package is for Rs 90.5 lakhs but later we got to know that it was actually 1.02 crore.”
On the selection process for Microsoft, Vatsalya said, “It wasn’t very difficult but I did not have such big expectations. They were impressed in the interviews. When I passed Class X from the Bihar board, I didn’t even know what the IITs were.”
After Vatsalya did poorly in the IIT entrance exam in 2009, he enrolled at Kota in Rajasthan, known for its coaching classes for IIT hopefuls.
Three teachers there ensured his expenses were taken care of, according to Vatsalya’s father. “Those three teachers spotted his talent and covered all the costs,” he had told NDTV on Friday. “I just had to pay for his train tickets when he came to see us.”
Vatsalya now wants to give back. Sometime in the future, he wants to open a school for under-privileged students at Khagaria. But he is already guiding IIT aspirants who are in touch with him. “Seriously, it is very easy. If someone wants, they can contact me personally, I will be happy to guide them,” he said.