BMC sweeper receives MPhil degree from reputed institute

Sunil Yadav, 36, a street sweeper employed with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has recently received an MPhil degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai.


Yadav, who is deployed at Nana Chowk in Central Mumbai for the cleaning job, now aims to pursue a PhD degree to understand the problems plaguing conservancy workers and wants to find solutions to it.

Yadav, who secured seventh rank in his degree with ‘Globalisation and Labour’ as the subject after the convocation ceremony today. Even after securing a good rank, Yadav wants to continue with his job as a sweeper.

“I am not going to leave this job. Rather I will continue to work for the BMC. I am not interested in any corporate job. Instead, I want to empower my fraternity in understanding their rights and fight for it. I want to be the voice of the down-trodden to wipe out all sort of discrimination within the society,” he said.

Chronicling his arduous journey, Yadav said, “I got sweepers’ job on compensatory grounds as my father, a BMC employee, was declared medically unfit for the job. I was 10th fail and my family was struggling to make ends meet.”


“I then realised there was a hunger inside me to pursue my education. I lived in a slum in Mahalaxmi where gangsters were common place. That played havoc on my studies but I did not budge and continued,” said Yadav, a father of two school-going daughters.


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