Jajpur, Feb 8 (LocalWire) Twenty-five-year-old Hemant Ojha, son of a poor stone -cutter of Raichanda village under Dharmasala block in Jajpur district, is now on his way to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States of America to work as a scientist.
His humble background did not stop him from achieving his goal. He fought all the impediments in his life to reach his target.
Hemant’s journey began from the village primary school. He did his B.Sc in Applied Mathematics from Ravenshaw college in Cuttack.
Later, he did his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.
“Despite of being in the worst situation of financial hurdles, my father Arjun Charana Ojha never made me realize the pain. He fulfilled all my requirements and he had a dream to see me as a distinguished person,” said Hemant on Friday.
“From my childhood, my father has taught me how to work silently and let the success make noise. Finally, his untiring hard work of day and night as a stone- cutter and daily wager has paid off,” said the scientist.
“I, along with six scientists from India, had spent one-month last year in NASA as researchers to present our projects. I presented my projects on weather prediction, decoding, and data analysis in NASA,” he said.
“I was delighted when I got an appointment letter recently from Jim Bridenstine, Head of NASA, Washington D.C to join as a junior scientist. I will soon go to USA to work in NASA,” said Hemant.
He said hard work and strong determination are important for achieving anything in life.
“Do not believe in quantity of hard work, rather believe in its quality. For success, there are two conditions – necessary condition is hard work and sufficient condition is it should be efficient and productive,” he added.
When Arjun got the news that his son was selected to work as a scientist in NASA, tears ran down his cheeks.
“I worked hard as a stone- cutter in my village and its nearby areas, but never neglected to provide help to my son for his study. I sold away a piece of land and gold ornaments of my wife to educate Hemant. I am extremely happy for Hemant,” said Arjun.
“His hard labour has borne fruits. It is also a myth that only English medium students will get good ranks in all India entrance examinations,”, added Arun.
“What better could it have been for this village boy par excellence, than getting a job as a scientist in NASA .
At a time when government schools conjure up images of barren classrooms, lack of proper infrastructure, poor results and blissfully absent teachers, Hemant has done an amazing turnaround by becoming a scientist at NASA,” said school teacher Mahendra Sahoo.