HYDERABAD: As many as 190 students from marginalised families who received free coaching at social and tribal welfare educational institution societies have qualified in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG examination. Most of their parents are road-side tea sellers, mechanics, maids and agricultural labourers, or into some other menial jobs, and are struggling every day to make ends meet.
Of the 190, 142 students from social welfare institutes and 48 tribal welfare residential students received free coaching. While 74 students from social and tribal welfare institutes secured admission in MBBS and BDS courses in 2019, 40 students secured admissions in 2018.
“My parents struggle every day to make a living as labourers. This did not deter me from aiming big. It has been my dream since school days to be a doctor,” said D Girija, who is from a tribal hamlet in Wanaparthy district.
Girija, who secured all India 85 rank in the ST Category, will most likely make it to AIIMS. “I am the first in my hamlet to clear NEET. I want to become a cardiac surgeon and make a difference in the lives of poor people,” she added.
“I wouldn’t have been able to afford NEET tuitions considering my vulnerable family background and my dream would have been shattered if not for the free coaching by the society,” G Abhilash, who secured 168 All-India rank in SC category.
To make things even worse, Abhilash tested positive for Covid-19 a few days before the examination. “I had to self-isolate for 14 days but did not let coronavirus dampen my spirits. With my will power and single-minded focus, I managed to secure a good rank,” he added.
RS Praveen Kumar, secretary, tribal and social welfare societies, said, “The success of these students from poverty-stricken families means a lot to their families in overcoming generations of deprivation and underdevelopment.”

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