Wednesday, February 1

Merit overcomes adversity, doc dreams off to a flying start

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Eighteen-year-old Samsul Mallitya is looking forward to becoming a doctor now that he has cracked the NEET-UG. The Nadia boy’s all India rank (AIR) of 1883 might not be extraordinary, but given the battles he has fought in life, it has been a great achievement for the student of Al-Ameen Mission.

Son of a farmer from the Taranagar, a village in Nadia district, Mallitya scored 90.6% in his higher secondary examination last year. He then started attending the NEET-UG coaching at Al-Ameen Mission’s Uluberia campus. For his father Suklal, who spent his entire life tilling the farm, sees a hope that his son will get the family out of poverty.

“People in my village are deprived of even basic medical facilities. Once my grandmother fell ill and we had to run from pillar to post for her treatment. This inspired me to study medicine. I want to become a doctor and help my family and the people in my village,” said Samsul.

With 2,600 MBBS seats in the state-run government medical colleges, Samsul should be able to easily get into one. The Nadia boy, however, is waiting for the state merit list to apply for counselling.

Among other students of the mission who performed well in the NEET-UG is Arif Billah Sheikh (19), son of a labourer from a village near Joynagar in South 24 Parganas. Despite the hardships, his father Amanullah wanted to ensure good education for his children. The second of seven siblings, Sheikh got into R Ahmed Dental College last year. With an AIR of 7,870 this time, Sheikh, too, should be able to secure a seat in one of the government-run medical colleges. Because of his economic condition, Al-Ameen Mission took only nominal fees for his education.

“My father has to toil the whole day to feed the family. He has been ignoring his health for long. Of late, he has not been keeping well. I want to get my family out of poverty and also help my younger siblings in getting good education,” Sheikh said.

Another student Tauhida Nasreen (18) from Nandigram is one of the girls from Al Ameen Mission who is hoping to gain entrance into a medical college after securing an AIR of 4,528.

As many as 376 students from Al Ameen Mission have ranked within 50,000 in the NEET-UG this year. Many of these candidates are from rural areas and are the first from their families to receive formal education.


Source: Times of India

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