IIT Topper Rejects BMW, Wants Laptop Instead — Find Out Why

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When Tanmaya Shekhawat secured the 11th position in the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for admission to IITs this year, his coaching institute in the town of Sikar in Rajasthan gifted him a BMW 1-Series (Priced at ~ Rs 31 lakh ex-showroom) for the feat.

However, now six months after the BMW entered his household and his son qualified for the IITs, the topper's father, Rajeshwar Singh Shekhawat, a school teacher, wants the BMW to be sold off.

The reason for the change six months: high maintenance and running costs with a service costing Rs 85,000 along with low mileage.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Rajeshwar Shekhawat said, "I asked the institute director to sell the car and give us the money, or keep the car and gift something else to my son, even a laptop."

Samarpan Career Institute's director though has another take on the story claiming, "Earlier they wanted to keep it. They said the boy's maternal uncle in Mumbai could keep it. Now they want to sell it as they need money for the treatment of the boy's mother, who is a kidney patient."

The unprecedented decision of gifting the BMW car to Tanmaya Shekhawat by the coaching institute was seen by many as a marketing ploy by the coaching institute who use images of their former student and his swanky German car to attract students who would usually go to Kota to Sikar.

Tanmaya was the first student from Sikar's institutes to secure a spot in the top 100 in the JEE for IITs.

Whatever, the reason may be, Shekhawat's story does echo the predicaments faced by ace Indian Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who was also gifted a BMW after her heroics at the 2016 Rio Olympics as the roads in her hometown of Agartala, Tripura were too narrow for the car she was gifted and the fact that there were no BMW showrooms in the city.

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Story first published: Monday, December 12, 2016, 20:05 [IST]
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