This foundation led by educationist Ajay Bahadur Singh provides free medical coaching, food, lodging facility and study materials for economically weaker section and underprivileged children from Odisha. On the very first year in 2018, as many as 18 out of 20 students had qualified the NEET.
Singh said this year the NEET had many challenges and uncertainties because of the Covid situation. The examination dates got shifted many times. “These students were facing problems in arranging food due to severe economic condition due to lockdown.Amid all these financial constraints and difficulties, they kept their dream of becoming a doctor alive. All of them have realized their dreams by qualifying NEET this year,” he added.
Khirodini Sahoo, daughter of a farmer from remote village in Angul district, secured 657 out of 720 marks in the entrance test. Due to pandemic, her father did not get any job and the family faced a difficult time during lockdown. “After completion of Plus II in 2018, I had appeared NEET last year. But I couldn’t get a government medical college due to poor rank. As I belong to a poor family, I requested Zindagi Foundation for help. They took care of my food, lodging, preparation and other issues,” she added.
She had fallen ill during lockdown. She was rushed to a Bhubaneswar hospital from her village for treatment. The foundation had helped her and provided a room for her preparation after she got cured from the illness. “Elephants had damaged our house and paddy crop in village. My father did not get any other job to support family. I had no smart phone for online classes. But the foundation had given me one. I was going to a small hillock to get internet for online classes. Amid all these difficulties I finally get a good rank. I hope I may get a seat in the SCB medical college and hospital Cuttack,” she added.
Another candidate Satyajit Sahoo, who’s father use to vend vegetables on cycle, has secured 619 marks. “I have been preparing the examination during last three years. Finally the foundation gave me a platform to prepare for the NEET and got good mark,” he added.
Similarly, children of roadside vendors, daily labourer, betel shop owner, fisherman, truck driver, milkman and security guards got qualified the NEET with the help of this foundation.