Beating hunger, COVID, destitute medical aspirants of Odisha on way to become doctors


Born in humble households they have been reconciling to their destiny, however future had written a unique course for them.

Braving all odds, a choose group of medical aspirants of Odisha coming from humble background have gotten entry in medical schools after clearing robust NEET examination in 2020.

Their dream of turning into medicos received wings due to noble initiative of an Odisha-based charitable group whose all of the 19 college students succeeded within the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), the outcomes of which have been declared in October.

The winners are wards of each day labourer, vegetable vendor, truck driver, fisherman and idli-vada vendor.

These meritorious college students are merchandise of Zindagi programme run by a non-governmental organisation of academician Ajay Bahadur Singh, who himself had to expertise pangs of starvation and shortage of cash in childhood which prevented him from turning into a physician.

Majority of them received admission in authorities medical schools of the state.

The world has come to know in regards to the success story of Super 30 of mathematician Anand Kumar who helped economically disadvantaged youngsters become engineer by qualifying in JEE exams however, the same feat of the Odisha group within the subject of medical research isn’t any much less romantic.

The medical aspirants say they’d not even of their dream thought of at the present time however thanks to the noble coronary heart Ajay Bahadur Singh who not solely kindled hopes in them however helped them monetarily as properly to hold them going.

The thrilling tales of Khirodini Sahoo, Roshan Paik, Satyajit Sahoo and Debashish Biswal hailing from distant locations of Odisha for whose households life begins and ends with the problem of assembly two ends.

Khirodini Sahoo hailing from Angul district is the daughter of farm labourer Kanhu Charan Sahoo.

She used to prolong serving to fingers to dad and mom within the subject to hold the house fires burning. But, windfall helped her proceed along with her research and as we speak her want of carrying a physician’s apron is inside attain.

“My this life is dedicated to Ajay sir,” she stated paying gratitude to the founder of the organisation.

Roshan Paik whose each dad and mom are additionally agri labourers is one other success story.

Debashsi Biswal of Kendrapara is the ward of a small grocery store proprietor for whom arranging two sq. meals is the topmost precedence.

Satyajit Sahoo, son of a vegetable vendor in a distant village of Cuttack district is one other lucky lot.

“We got birth in humble families and were destined to live a life of penury. Its only because of the Zindagi foundation that we managed to keep our dreams alive and are on way to become doctors,” an elated Sahoo and Biswal stated.

Under the programme run by Zindagi basis, gifted underprivileged college students are chosen from throughout Odisha and offered free teaching and meals to assist them crack NEET and become a physician.

“The year 2020 was a tough challenge for all of us, but firm in our determination we did not let the students feel helpless,” Singh informed PTI.

“I fell ill during the lockdown, and came to Bhubaneswar in an ambulance and told everything to Ajay Sir.

He kept me at his home and provided everything required,” Khirodini, who has secured 2,594 All India rank in NEET, carried out by National Testing Agency (NTA), stated.

Satyajit Sahoo has achieved 619 marks.

Another success story is of Subhendu Parida, who use to vend “Idli Vada” alongside his dad and mom. He certified in NEET examination by attaining 609 marks.

Singh began Zindagi Foundation within the 12 months 2017 in Bhubaneswar.

“I do all this without taking any donation from any individual or an organisation though many have offered. I manage everything from my own resources, because I see my childhood in them,” Singh stated.

The man behind the success tales of these youngsters had to go away his medical research and promote tea and sharbat (squash) within the temple city of Deogarh in Jharkhand to maintain his household present process monetary hardship and pursue research.

Under the challenge, the gifted college students of the poor monetary background chosen by way of a state-wide screening check, are offered free meals, lodging and educating to assist them become a physician.

Twelve out of a batch of 14 who had cracked NEET in 2018 received admission in authorities medical schools of Odisha.

They have been hosted by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik then to commemorate their achievements.

Impressed by the noble initiative, the Super 30 founder mathematician Anand Kumar has made a number of journeys to the Zindagi basis to encourage the aspiring medicos.

The fame of the group has crossed worldwide boundary with a US-based basis coming ahead final 12 months to finance the MBBS research of a poor fatherless woman, who was coached in ‘Zindagi’ programme.

The scholarship was awarded by California’s ‘Saloni Heart Foundation’ to Krishna Mohanty, who had the programme final 12 months. It lined bills for Mohanty’s research, meals and hostel lodging at state-run MKCG school in Berhampur.


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