Bhubaneswar: This year, 14 underprivileged students from Odisha have cracked the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Beating all odds, these 14 students cleared the exam and the credit goes to 47-year-old Ajaya Bahadur Singh.
Singh, who hails from Odisha wanted to become a doctor but he couldn’t fulfill his dream. His family obligations prevented him from pursuing higher education. Singh’s father was an engineer and aspired to make his son a doctor.
However, a kidney transplant of Singh’s father forced the family to sell their property, leaving them financially strapped. In order to support his family, Singh had to sell tea. However, he completed his graduation from Sociology Honours.
After overcoming the financial crisis, Singh pledged to help the needy students in fulfilling their dreams. Thus, he started the ‘Zindagi’ foundation in 2017 to help the underprivileged students, who aim to become doctors.
“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.
Modelled along the lines of Super 30, a record-setting program run by the acclaimed mathematician Anand Kumar, Zindagi is specifically set for students that are highly talented but have financial limitation to undertake the highly-expensive tuition classes.
“In 2018, students came to Zindagi. 18 students had qualified and out of them 12 took admissions in different medical colleges of Odisha,” Singh said.
“This year I taught 14 students and they all cleared the NEET exam,” Singh added.