Meenu Thakur of Udaynagar village in Purnia’s Srinagar block shines at 89th rank. She has studied at JNV Purnia, Bihar. Her father Shyamanand Thakur, who worked as a school-teacher to feed his wife, four daughters and a son, would never let his modest financial status come in the way of Meenu’s studies. The family lives in a two-room house and Shyamanand rides a ramshackle bicycle.
Meenu actually dreamt of becoming an IITian. But she bowed to the wishes of her father who wanted her to join the civil services. After pass-ing out of Garhariya middle school, she studied at a Navodaya Vidyalaya and did her graduation in history from Purnia Women’s College in 2003. She scored 69% in her MA and is currently doing research for her Phd from Patna University.