Fourteen underprivileged students belonging to Odisha cracked the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). These 14 students were from Zindagi Foundation.
Ajaya Bahadur Singh, who could not fulfil his dream of becoming a doctor. So, he started "Zindagi" Foundation in 2017 to help underprivileged students become doctors.
Zindagi Foundation program is specifically set for students, who are talented but cannot afford tuition classes.
Mr Singh said that in 2018, 18 students of Zindagi Foundation had qualified and out of them 12 took admissions in different medical colleges of Odisha.
Ajaya Bahadur Singh had aspired to become a doctor but due to family obligations he could not pursue higher education. Mr Singh's father was an engineer and wanted him to become a doctor. However, Mr Singh's father had to undergo a kidney transplant and due to this they had to sell off their property.
In order to support his family, Mr Singh sold tea and 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 NEET exam," Singh added.
Krishna Mohanty is one of 14 students of Zindagi who qualified for the exam. Her mother sells a local cake called "Pitha" at Bhubaneswar's ISCON temple.
"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 ISCON temple at Bhubaneswar. I contacted Raj sir and later joined the Zindagi batch. I scored 573 marks in NEET exam 2019," she said.
Ms Mohanty has been roped in by a government medical college after 15,295 all-India rank in NEET.
Among the 14 students of Zindagi Foundation, Aniruddha Nayak who is from Narasinghpur area of Cuttack district secured the highest rank in the 2018 batch of All India Rank (AIR) of 5662.
Besides these two, Abanikant Swain (8582), Sailendu Raut (9196), Sai Gourav Mohapatra (10558), Sudhansu Priyadarshini (14831), Krishna Mohanty (15295), Omm Singh (16501), Amiya Ranjan Das (25361), Rutuparna Malla (35265), Jaya Prakash Panda (36900), Manas Ranjan Mishra (47571), Rakesh Kumar Rout (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 National Testing Agency (NTA) announced the results and scorecard of National 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 PIOs (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.