Unlike students his age, who would jump with joy, Tathagat remained calm. His mother Sangita Bhatia, however, was on top of the world. “Being a single mother, it has been a tough journey for me. He has made me proud in every way and thanks to him I can face the world with pride,” said Sangita, a homoeopath.
When TOI called Tathagat to congratulate him, all he said was thanks. ” I am grateful to my political science teacher who had confidence in me to apply for revaluation on my behalf while I was busy applying for admission to colleges outside India for higher studies,” said Tathagat, who has scored a centum in mathematics and history too.
Tathagat, who returned from The Netherlands on Thursday, where he represented India in the International Philosophy Olympiad, is now packing his bags to fly to the US. He has been selected for the undergraduate course at the University of Pennsylvania where he will be studying liberal arts—philosophy, cognitive science and mathematics. “He will receive full financial aid amounting to Rs 1.5 crore, including accommodation and food from the US university. In addition, they will also pay for his summer trip to India, once a year for four years,” said Sangita.
His family said Tathagat is hardworking and has a great interest in sketching. He plays table tennis and loves to play the piano. In 2013, Tathagat led the team representing India in the National Geographic World Championship in which they finished third. In 2015, Tathagat was one among three class XI students from India who presented a project titled, ‘But Will The Planet Notice’ at the crucial climate summit, COP21 in Paris via video conferencing.