Asharam Chaudhary (18), son of a ragpicker has made it to AIIMS, Jodhpur to study medicine after having cracked AIIMS-MBBS entrance test, 2018.
Though the result of AIIMS-MBBS entrance examination 2018 was declared on June 18, his achievement came to be known only a couple of days back after he got a letter from AIIMS, Delhi regarding his admission to AIIMS, Jodhpur based on the counselling held on June 28 and June 29 and result declared on July 2.
Asharam lives in a thatched structure in a town Vijayaganj Mandi, about 40 kilometres away from Dewas district headquarters, more than 150 kilometres west of Bhopal, with his parents Ranjeet Chaudhary and Mamta Bai and younger brother and sister.
As per AIIMS, Delhi letter, overall rank of Asharam was 707th while he got 141st rank in OBC category in the exam.
According to Asharam, he studied in a government school up to class three. Later with a teacher’s support he completed his primary education in a private school. He cracked Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Selection Test (JNVST) and got admission to Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya for studies from class six. He was selected by Dakshna organisation in Pune to prepare for medical entrance examination. He did his secondary education from Pune.
Asharam said: “I don’t know how to express my happiness. My family’s financial condition further worsened after my father suffered from paralysis. I got support from my teachers and others. I wish to serve the masses after becoming a doctor. I have seen how the private hospital charges big amount even for insignificant disease and the poor cannot afford it.”
He plans to get a gold medal in every year of the MBBS course. He wants to return to his village and practice medicine. He said: “There is not a single qualified doctor here. Poor villagers can’t afford to travel far and raise money for the fees of qualified consultants.”
His father, Ranjeet said: “I am proud of my son’s achievement. I don’t own any land and pick plastic bags and empty glass bottles which I sell to the local scrap dealer. Sometimes I work in agriculture fields also. There is no fixed income. Sometimes, we have to go even hungry.” He added: “I don’t have a good financial condition to bear the expenditure on his studies. Asharam could pursue his studies with help of many people. I still need help from people to deposit his fees and bear other expenses of his career. Otherwise, I fear he can’t continue his studies.”
Asharam’s neighbor, Durga Shankar said: “Ashram has been brilliant in his studies. That’s why I helped him in whatsoever degree I could. I know he will make Vijayaganj Mandi a known place with his achievements.”