A student from Khyber Paktunkhwa’s Abdul Wali Khan University became a gold medallist after paying for his education by collecting and selling plastic and paper waste.
Saleem Khan hails from Shabqadar Town, a small tehsil situated in KP’s Charsadda district.
“When I was in class six, I used to pick up waste material from the streets with my brother after school and we sold it to recycling companies so we could buy books,” Khan said on SAMAA TV’s morning show Naya Din.
He said he not only graduated with a masters degree with hard work and determination, but also topped all his classes. “Despite all hardship, I was determined that if I had to move forward in life, education was the only way,” he said.
Khan completed his bachelors from Peshawar’s Islamia College. He graduated in the first division. He then joined Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan where he graduated with a distinction in English Literature. “I bagged the first position in my master’s programme and now I have qualified for a gold medal at my university’s annual convocation,” said Khan.
Khan currently works as an English lecturer at the Islamia College.