Anyone in this world can aim and touch the pinnacle of success against all odds. If charcoal had thought that it was good for nothing, it would not have transformed into a dazzling diamond. If a 21-year-old youth thought that it was impossible for him to achieve success after failing to crack any competitive exam, then he wouldn’t have become something great in life.
Abdullah Khan’s story is one that needs to be told to inspire the youths of the nation. An enthusiastic 21-year-old boy made a desperate attempt to appear for the IIT entrance exam but he failed to crack it but, he has bagged a dream offer that many IlTians would envy.
Earlier this week, Khan got a job at Google’s London office, for a massive package of Rs 1.2 crore. It should be noted that the average salary offered to a graduate from a non-IIT engineering college in the city is around Rs 4 lakh pa.
Khan, who belongs to Shree LR Tiwari Engineering College, Mira Road was called for an interview by Google based on his profile on a site that hosts competitive programming tests. However, after a few online interviews, Khan was asked to appear for the final test at Google’s office in London early this month.
Today, his staggering package includes the base salary of Rs 54.5 lakh (60,000 Euros) per annum. 15 per cent bonus and stock options estimated at Rs 58.9 lakh ($85,000) over four years. Khan is currently doing his final year BE (Computer Science) and will join hands with Google’s site reliability engineering team in September.
An email sent by a Google official in November last year added that they had seen Khan’s profile on the programming website and said they were looking for such type of bright minds in locations across Europe.
Khan told TOI he didn’t even think of such an offer when he took part in competitions on that site. “I used to participate as it was fun. I did not even know that firms check programmers’ profiles on such sites.
I showed the email to my friend who knew someone who had received such an email in the past. I am looking forward to joining their team. It will be an amazing learning experience for me,” said Khan. The coding geek did his schooling in Saudi Arabia and moved to Mumbai only after Class