Hyderabad: It’s a tale of 150 poor students from Social and Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions, who endured hardships, they stand tall having overcome abject poverty and deprivation to make it to medical colleges across the country. They are first generation learners from impoverished families of daily wage labourers, roadside tea sellers, landless farmers, vegetable vendors, fruit sellers, construction workers and masons hailing from SC/ST communities. The success stories of these 150 students in NEET 2019 stand as a testament to the fact the gap between rich and poor is opportunity.
Of the 150 students, who are likely to get into MBBS and BDS courses this year, 100 are from Social Welfare and 50 from Tribal Welfare Residential Institutions, which launched ‘Operation Blue Crystal and Operation Emerald programs respectively, to provide coaching to brilliant SC and ST students free of cost under the KG-PG Mission. These two programs have been yielding outstanding results over the last three years.
“My parents have been struggling day in and day out to make both ends meet and they are not in a position to send me to a private NEET coaching institute owing to financial hardships. A poor student like me wouldn’t have dreamt of cracking NEET, if not for free intensive long-term coaching being provided by the government. I heartily express my gratitude to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao for providing free coaching to SC and ST students on par with corporate coaching centers in the country, said Kovvuri Rasagna from SW residential college Gowlidoddi, who secured all-India 509th rank in SC category.
Another successful student Ramavath Sneha Latha from Tribal Welfare IIT Study Center, Rajendra Nagar, who secured all India 802 rank in ST category said, “I would have dropped out from college and would have ended up as a victim of early child marriage, if not for the vision of the Chief Minister to put the poor SC and ST students into the orbit of higher education. My aim is to become a cardiologist and serve poor people in rural areas”
Dr R S Praveen Kumar, Secretary, TSWREIs and TTWREIS congratulated the students on their stunning performance. He said it’s a golden lettered moment in the history of both social and tribal welfare residential educational societies. The credit goes to teachers for their commitment in transforming the lives of students from the most deprived sections of the society. He thanked Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Minister for Welfare Koppula Eshwar for their unwavering support to the cause of educational empowerment of poor children under the KG-PG Mission.
Tribal Welfare Residential Institutions’ All India Rank Holders are: Dharavath Rajesh got All India ST Rank 162 with 528 marks; K Chinna with 524 marks got 174 All India ST Rank; Kethavath Vishnu got 488 marks and All India ST Rank 391; Bhanoth Chandulal with 478 marks got 467th All India ST rank; Banoth Ravikumar with 472 marks got 539th All India ST Rank; Ramavath Sneha Latha with 452 marks got 802 All India Rank ST Rank.