Saibanna Gurusanagi of Yadgir is a labourer in a cement factory and earns Rs. 5,500 a month. With a large family to care for, he only hoped his children would do a one-year diploma in education and become primary school teachers.

His son Sharanappa, however, wanted to take up science in PU and become an engineer. There was no way he could afford to spend two years in a PU college and then study for four years in an engineering college. That was when someone told them about Shaheen PU College.

Sharanappa's marks got him a concession in fees and his hostel and boarding fees were waived. He worked hard and passed with 85.83 per cent marks. He got 93 each in Physics and Chemistry and 94 in Mathematics.

Now, he's confident of landing a seat in a government engineering college. He was part of the Scholars' Group in Shaheen college where bright boys and girls from poor families are given subsidised education. He is one of the 100-odd members of the Scholars' Group and has received help from non-governmental organisations such as Vidya Poshak, said Shaheen Education Society secretary Abdul Quadeer.