- “Jail is not so bad,” said Piyush Goyal, who got the rank of 453
- His father is serving a 14-year sentence in a murder case
- But with his meagre income, he sent Piyush to an IIT coaching centre
For the last three years, Piyush Goyal had been studying hard like any other engineering college aspirant. The difference is, he was doing it from the Open Jail in Kota, where his father is a convict.
The conditions were bad – a room barely 8X8 feet, where the lights went out at 11 in the night. There wasn’t much money to spend on books either. As a convicted murderer in the jail, his father Phool Chand Goyal’s resources were slim — which is also why Piyush was staying at the jail.
But 18-year-old, who ranked 453 in the engineering entrance exams, laughed off the hardships.
“The jail is not so bad,” he said. “People think the atmosphere is very bad here, but that is not so… Today I have fulfilled my father’s dream. He showed great courage by keeping me here and funding my studies.”
Phool Chand, who is close to finishing his 14-year jail sentence, said he hopes to see his son through one of the top IITs in the country.
So far he funded Piyush’s studies from the Rs. 12,000 salary he got from working at the jail’s shop. Though he could not afford a hostel, he managed to send his son to “Radiance” — a coaching institute in Kota.
“It was difficult to study here,” said Phool Chand. “But I have to say the jail administration co-operated. The guards who are here on duty, especially the younger ones, would encourage my son.”
Buoyed by Piyush’s success, the administration said it hoped to increase facilities for inmates, especially those in open jails. “We are happy that he has made a success, despite such adverse circumstances,” said Jail Superintendent Shankar Singh.