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Ajay Bahadur Singh, the tea seller turn teacher coached 14 underprivileged students for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for free. All 14 students from his coaching centre ‘Zindagi’ in Odisha passed in the exam leaving a mark of inspiration behind.
Clearing NEET is not a child’s play but requires hard work and perseverance. Only a handful of candidates pass in NEET which is the nation-wide entrance test for getting into studies in medical stream. Ajay Bahadur Singh’s (47) all 14 students cleared the examination in the 2019 NEET.
Singh did not succeed in his endeavours of becoming a doctor. However, he took the pledge to help the underprivileged students who aspire to become doctors. Singh who hails from Odisha started ‘Zindagi’ foundation in 2017 with this aim.
The foundation ran a special mathematical programme by renowned mathematician Anand Kumar for the training of underprivileged students free of cost as they cannot attend expensive tuition classes.
In a press conference, Singh told that in the previous year, 18 students qualified from Zindagi foundation and 12 took admission in different medical colleges in Odisha. Family-related obstacles blocked the path of Sing to become a doctor. He became a tea seller to give his family the minimum financial support but he always had that urge for higher studies. The unfortunate kidney transplant of the Engineer Father of Singh forced his family to sell off their properties. Singh, therefore, took admissions in Sociology Honors and completed graduation. To complete his education, he sold tea and syrups. He also sold soda making machines to support his academics. As time came when sing overcame his financial crisis, he took up to help the poor but meritious students.
Krishna Mohanty, who is among the 14 successful candidates said that her mother is a housewife who makes ‘Pitha’ for the ISCON temple in Bhubaneswar and her father is a rajmistri. She scored 573 marks in NEET 2019. She took admission in a Government Medical College.
Krishna Mohanty, Aniruddha Nayak, Abanikant Swain, Sailendu Raut, Sai Gourav Mohapatra, Sudhansu Priyadarshini, Krishna Mohanty, Omm Singh, Amiya Ranjan Das, Rutuparna Malla, Jaya Prakash Panda, Manas Ranjan Mishra, Rakesh Kumar Rout, Happin Pattanayak and Namrata Panda are the students who have cracked NEET 2019 through Zindagi coaching centre.
Mr. Ajay said that as ‘gurudakshina,’ he expects his students to treat poor patients free of cost whole life. In the state of Odisha, the total number of NEET Qualifiers is 30,000. Among them, 14 students are a big contribution of the Zindagi Foundation.
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