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Wanted to become doctor, this Odisha teacher now helps underprivileged students crack NEET

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In a fresh tale of youth overcoming poverty to scale the ladder of success, 14 underprivileged students in have cracked the Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

It is a well-known fact that clearing is no child's play as lakhs of students aspire to become doctors in

However, beating all odds these 14 students cleared the exam this year and the credit goes to 47-years-old Ajaya

Singh, who hails from wanted to become a doctor but he couldn't fulfill his dream. So, instead, he started 'Zindagi' foundation in 2017 to help the underprivileged students, who aim to become doctors.

Modelled along the lines of Super 30, a record-setting program run by the Anand Kumar, Zindagi is specifically set for students that are highly talented but have financial limitation to undertake the highly-expensive tuition classes.

"In 2018, students came to Zindagi. 18 students had qualified and out of them 12 took admissions in different medical colleges of Odisha," Singh told reporters in a press conference.

Singh aspired to become a doctor but family obligations prevented him from pursuing higher His father was an and aspired to make his son a doctor. However, a kidney transplant of Singh's father forced the family to sell their property, leaving them financially constrained. In order to support his family, Singh had to sell tea. However, he completed his graduation from Sociology Honours.

"I always wanted to be a doctor and I was preparing for it as well. But my studies suffered due to kidney failure of my father. I started my career by selling tea and syrup. After completing intermediate education, I used to sell soda making machine. I gave tuitions as well to complete my education," he said.

However, after overcoming financial crisis, Singh pledged to help the needy students in fulfilling their dreams.

"When I am now in a good condition, I think I should find helpless students who could not afford to pay and help them. Poor students can join our foundation, the expenses of their accommodation, food, studies and coaching of medical entrance examinations are borne by us," he said.

"This year I taught 14 students and they all cleared the exam," Singh added.

is one of 14 students of Zindagi who qualified for the exam. Her mother sells a local cake called 'Pitha' at Bhubaneswar's

"My father was 'rajmistri' while my mother was a housewife. When my father died, I was in the sixth standard. My mother prepares 'PITHA' for at Bhubaneswar. I contacted and later joined the Zindagi batch. I scored 573 marks in exam 2019," she told ANI.

Mohanty has been roped in by a government medical college after 15,295 all-rank in NEET.

Among the 14 students of Zindagi, who hails from Narasinghpur area of district secured the highest rank in Singh's 2018 batch with All Rank (AIR) of 5662.

Besides these two, Abanikant Swain (8582), Sailendu Raut (9196), Sai Gourav Mohapatra (10558), Sudhansu Priyadarshini (14831), (15295), Omm Singh (16501), Amiya Ranjan Das (25361), Rutuparna Malla (35265), Jaya Prakash Panda (36900), Manas Ranjan Mishra (47571), (63502), Happin Pattanayak (65010) and Namrata Panda (72778) qualified the exam.

"I will continue to take 'Gurudakshina' from students for the whole life. I only want my students to treat poor patients free of cost," he said.

The Testing Agency (NTA) announced the results and scorecard of Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, NEET 2019 on June 5.

Over 14 lakh students appeared for NEET exam this year, 7,95,031 candidates living in India qualified the exam while 315 foreign nationals, 1,209 NRIs, 441 candidates holding OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India), and 46 (Persons of Indian Origin) cleared the exam.

In Odisha, over 30,000 have qualified the NEET exam but the story of these 14 students is an inspiration to those who dream of becoming a doctor but could owing to lack of funds.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 11:34 IST