Sunny Kumar Pandey
2013 – 2016 batch
Coming from a humble family, with his wits all over and with a big warm smile, Sunny surely knows how to win over hearts. He aspired to be a medical student but changed his plans and got into BBA - REUI. He became a topper in his class and received 100% scholarship. How did the program change his life? We try to unravel his thoughts.
Q. RICS SBE has awarded you with a scholarship? Can you share your feelings about the scholarship received?
I am extremely happy and I don't think I can express my happiness by any means. Receiving a scholarship in any case is considered prestigious and that too if its 100%.
I would like to thank everyone, especially my classmates who would often make my fun. It is actually their continuous reminder which forced me to bring the best out of me.
Q. Can you give us a brief about your family and background?
Well, to start with I belong from a EWS family. My dad is a vegetable vendor and my mom is a home maker. I attended a government school till 5th standard and thereafter got into a school for under privileged students which basically use to run in the evening from DPS R.K.Puram complex.
I did well over there and they absorbed me in the main DPS R.K.Puram where again I was granted scholarship and that took care of my fees. But as all fairy tales at times have a bad phase, same happened with me and I didn’t perform well in 12th standard board exam.
Q. After completing XII, what inspired you to join the RICS SBE for an industry specific program?
I was clear in my mind that I wanted to opt for medical and become a doctor, earn money and serve people. Medicine I thought was one such field. But then it required lot of hard work, patience and perseverance to become one. I couldn’t clear entrances in first attempt in 2012, so I dropped a year and again, as fate had it, I couldn’t clear the exam.
I was shattered and what bothered me the most was my friends could do it and I couldn’t. I went to various colleges, but because of my low scores to apply for medical, not many colleges responded well. It was then that I came across RICS SBE programs – something very unheard of. This opportunity truly came as a blessing in disguise.
Q. What steps did you have to take to become a topper in class? Could you share a typical day at school?
Initially, when I joined the college, my only aim was to score enough marks which could help me in getting promotion to second year. I studied science subjects at school and then here at SBE I opted for commerce course, so I was confused. Questions like - will I be able to do well? Is it going to be like other entrances where I am going to struggle for passing would haunt me. There were times, when I would get back home and start feeling miserable with myself since I couldn’t understand single word what they use to teach at college, especially in economics as I never had that as a subject in School. But hats off to all my professors who’s round the clock approach saved me. I use to get instant replies and entire faculty was helpful.
I enjoyed 3 subjects the most, Project lab, Contextualizing built environment and economics in first semester taught by Prof. KT Ravindran , Sunil Agarwal and Prof. Piyush Tiwari. I just loved the way they use to teach us. I was surprised to see that you are encouraged to make mistakes at RICS SBE where the faculty encouraged us to make as many mistakes as you can and then like a fine goldsmith removed all the imperfections and make us as perfect as they can.
I travel by metro to college every day. I spend around 1.5 hr in travelling towards college and another 1.5 hr getting back to home. In this duration I read newspapers which help me to beupdated with the world. Then I use to read what has been taught in the previous day’s lecture, so that in case there's a surprise test or if there's something which I may find difficult and require clarification, I can quickly check with the faculty in the next class.
I made sure that I attend all the guest lectures unlike many who used to find reasons of not attending and considered it a waste of time. Attending these lectures helped me gain abundant knowledge about built environment and the current trends on the sector.