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NEET 2020: Cowherd’s son clears exam, seeks financial support to complete education

Rida Shaikh

Son of a cowherd from Tamil Nadu cleared the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020. He has topped among the students who had coveted the exam for admission to undergraduate medical courses from government school. Nonetheless, due to financial problems, he won't be able to pursue the course he wishes to complete.

Jeevithkumar is the son of a cowherd from Tamil Nadu and is also a Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) worker. He stays in the rural district of Theni in Tamil Nadu. He was a former student of the Government Model Higher Secondary School at Silvarpatti, Periyakulam. He has scored 664 marks out of a total of 720 in the NEET 2020 exam. This was his second attempt at the examination.

Jeevithkumar exclaimed that he won't be able to pursue the undergraduate medical course as his family’s financial condition isn’t well enough to even pay the fees of government colleges.  He said, “It wasn’t my aim to become a doctor, but I tried it because the exam was very hard to crack. Now, I would like to pursue an MBBS course, but my family wouldn’t be able to pay the fees for even government colleges, let alone a private one. I want to request people to help me pursue my studies.”

Jeevithkumar said that it wasn’t his aim to become a doctor but he tried to crack the exam because it was too hard. Now that he has cleared it, he aspires to pursue an MBBS course and is persuading people to help him complete his studies. He also expressed his gratitude to his teachers at school for their guidance and help in enrolling at an institute for NEET preparation.

He said, “Last year, I wrote the exam only to realize how tough it was. I planned to appear for it again and my teachers helped me in joining a NEET coaching and this time I was able to score 664 marks. This made me the national topper among government school students across the country.”

Jeevithkumar’s mother is also a worker at MGNREGA. She was extremely happy at her son’s achievement and credited his teachers for helping him throughout his journey. She said, “Jeevith’s school and teachers played a major role in ensuring that he was able to enroll in a year-long coaching class. Jeevithkumar was the first person in our family to score high marks in 10th and 12th. We are extremely happy by how well he has done and it feels like he has already become a doctor.”


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