Surat tribal peon clears PhD entrance exam

SURAT: Father of a one-year-old daughter and husband of a police constable in Surat police recently achieved something which no one had done from the tribal area of South Gujarat. Meet Arun Valvi, 34, who is employed as peon posted in the office of vice-chancellor of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU).

On June 10, Valvi cleared his entrance exam in PhD, scoring 110 out of possible 200 marks. Of course, his subject was Gujarati, but his determination was huge that will beat the world.

Talking with TOI, Valvi said, “In today’s modern world, there is a rat race going on and I wanted to be ahead of them all” he added, “I got the inspiration looking at many people who despite having nothing managed to scale heights which are unparallel. I feel, I still young and I can also be a professor after becoming a PhD”

Hailing from a small Bhiljamoli village of Songadh taluka in Tapi district, Valvi become a B.A from Uchhal college affiliated with VNSGU with first-class and also cleared his M.A with first class in Surat. However, being a son of illiterate tribal farm labourers, Bhamsinh and Taruna Valvi, Arun had no money to foot his expenses. And he worked as a casual labourer either at a petrol pump in Tapi district or worked as daily wage labour in Surat.

Arun said, “With limited farming opportunities, our parents cannot afford to get us educated and so I had to earn my own money if I want to study”

For me, he added, “Many people criticised the idea when I decided to take up PhD entrance examination saying my language is not good enough as I can’t speak fluent Gujarati. I speak a colloquial language by trying to explain my thoughts”

Now busy with his presentation to qualify for PhD, Arun has been earning Rs 13,000 a month as a peon. He was married to a village woman named Savita, who is a police constable year-and-a-half-ago. He has a one-year-old daughter named Veera and Arun considers these two women as his inspiration to move forward in life.

Although authorities of VNSGU are sympathetic to his endeavour, Arun believes in being a self-made man. He plans to enter into the profession of social service he can’t become a professor.

When asked about his preferred subjects for his PhD theses, Arun said, “Let me clear my presentation and then I will choose the subject which will benefit the major part of our society”

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