The son of a Tamil Nadu herdsman has taken this year’s National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), topping the list of public school students across the country who have taken the coveted entrance exam in undergraduate medical courses.
However, due to financial constraints, Jeevithkumar, son of a herdsman and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) worker in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, said he may not be able to take the course.
He was a student at Silvarpatti’s government upper secondary school, Periyakulam, and scored 664 points out of a total of 720 in his second exam attempt.
Jeevithkumar said he might not be able to get medical training because even government college tuition fees are beyond his family’s reach.
“It was not my goal to become a doctor, but I tried because the exam was very difficult to read. Now I would love to take MBBS courses, but my family would not be able to afford even government college fees, let alone private. I want to ask people to help me continue my education, ”he said.
He also thanked his teachers at his school for their advice and help enrolling in a NEET preparation coaching institute.
“Last year I took the exam to realize how difficult it was. I had planned to rewrite it and my teachers helped me join a NEET coaching and this time I was able to get 664 points which made me the top national government. students from all over the country, ”he added.
Jeevithkumar’s mother, Parameshwari, who is a MGNREGA worker, expressed her joy at her son’s success and thanked his teachers for their help and advice. “Jeevith’s school and teachers played a major role in ensuring that he could enroll in a one-year coaching course. Jeevith was the first in our family to obtain High marks in class 10 and 12. We are happy with his performance… done and it feels like he’s already become a doctor, ”she says.
The national testing agency said the results of NEET 2020 on Friday.