Video credit: Mediacorp/Channel News Asia/Joy Sudip Bhadro
A Bangladeshi labourer in Singapore who was unable to finish high school and once gave up his life to toil as construction worker, is now a founder of a polytechnic college back home in Bangladesh, proof that no financial constraint could hinder success.
Joy Sudip Bhadro left Bangladesh at the age of 24 and travelled all the way to Singapore to work and support an extended family of 11, according to a report by Channel News Asia.
He stepped to head the household after his eldest brother suffered from kidney failure. By then he was earning a measly $600.
“I was a poor man who had absolutely nothing,” Joy, who is now 42, was quoted as saying.
“Realistically, I thought if I don’t try to improve the situation, more lives will be ruined like mine was. So, I gave up my life for them,” he said.
He took several more jobs in the automobile industry as well as construction and maintenance jobs in MRT.
Free trainings as eye-opener
That was many years ago—because as a fruit of free seminars and trainings for months which served as his eye-opener, Joy, armed with his willingness to conceive his goal, is now a founder of a polytechnic school in Bangladesh.
“I realised practical knowledge was real knowledge. I fell in love with it,” Joy said.
Seven years ago, he put up his own three-story educational institution called “North East Ideal Polytechnic Institute,” with the help of his wife and her family who helped shell out capital for its establishment.
Humble beginnings of the Bangladeshi labourer in Singapore
Located at the heart of his small town in Habiganj, the polytechnic which is the only institution offering vocational courses, humbly started with two teachers and eight students.
It now accommodates 200 students.
Only three courses are offered in the school: civil engineering, electrical engineering, and computer engineering.
Since 2012, two batches of 57 students graduated from the school, and Joy was proud that 85 per cent of them have found jobs related in their field of study.
“Some of them get a job even before graduating,” Ripa said.
In Bangladesh, it was found cheaper to study at an institute in the town centre as compared with other cities that charge at least eight times higher.
Now, Joy and his wife work hand-in-hand to run the school.