It was a dream come true for a whopping 215 underprivileged students of Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions who proved their mettle in the country’s toughest IIT-JEE and NEET entrance exams this year. For the first time in the history of TSWREIS, 80 students secured seats in IITs/NITs, while as many as 135 students got seats in MBBS this year. What makes their feat so special is that all the toppers are the first generation sons and daughters of beedi workers, small farmers, agricultural labourers, road-side tea sellers, vegetable vendors, masons, auto drivers, peons, security guards, etc. The minister for Scheduled Caste Development Department, Koppula Eeshwar congratulated the toppers for their outstanding achievement and felicitated the toppers at a function held at social welfare residential college Gowlidoddi, Hyderabad. It’s a golden lettered moment in the history of government residential educational institutions. The students’ success is a symbol of hard work and sacrifice of TSWREIS teachers and staff who have been working with a commitment to take their students to great heights in life, despite innumerable challenges.