A whopping 142 social and 48 tribal welfare residential students of Telangana secured top ranks in all India NEET Exams 2020, the results of which announced on Friday.
It was a dream come true for these underprivileged of becoming a doctor and thanks to the social and tribal welfare residential educational institutions societies whose consistent efforts made them emerge victorious in the SC, ST categories. Their parents are mostly beedi workers, small farmers, agricultural labourers, road-side tea sellers, vegetable vendors, mechanics, cooks, masons, auto drivers, housemaids, watchmen and peons struggling to make their both ends meet.
The heart-warming stories of Girija, daughter of a labourer; Nikitha, daughter of a beedi worker; Amulya Devi, daughter of a cycle mechanic; and Nikshiptha, semi-orphan are similar and they all stand tall having overcome odds of poverty to make it to medical stream this year.
Dejavath Girija, a tribal girl from Operation Emerald coaching program being run by the TTWREIS, secured all India 85 rank in ST category and she is likely to get admission into AIIMS. A remarkable transformational journey of a poor tribal girl from a tiny tribal hamlet in Wanaparthy district to AIIMS and this achievement will remain as one of the historic milestones in the successful journey of TTWREIS.
G Abhilash who secured 168 All India rank in SC category said, “my parents are the happiest people to see me as a doctor and I can’t thank the chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao more for his approval for free intensive long-term NEET coaching for poor SC and ST students like me. The truth is that I wouldn’t have afforded to coach in a private institution considering my vulnerable family background and my dream would have been shattered if not for the free Operation Blue Crystal long-term NEET coaching program”.
“The success of these students from poverty-stricken families means a lot to their families in overcoming from generations of deprivation and underdevelopment”, says an elated Dr RS Praveen Kumar, Secretary, TSWREI and TTWREI Societies. He congratulated the toppers and said the entire credit goes to teachers for their hard work and going an extra mile in fulfilling the aspirations of underprivileged students.
Secretary further remarked “In erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state, less than five students used to secure seats in medical colleges every year. But today, thanks to the support of minister for social welfare Koppula Eeshwar and minister for tribal welfare Sathyavathi Rathod, we could send 108 SC, ST students medical colleges last year and this year, 190 students are likely to secure medical seats”.
Operation Blue Crystal Program for SC students and Operation Emerald for ST students were launched in 2015 to provide top-class free NEET coaching to meritorious students free of cost and these two programs have become a boon to marginalized students.