He had seen poverty, and shattered ambitions, from close quarters, but Kheraj Ram Chaudhary was determined to follow his dream of becoming a doctor. The 19-year-old is now ‘almost there’ after achieving the rank of 285 in the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT)-2015.
The main driving force behind Kheraj Ram’s success, besides his grit and determination, was his father Jugataram, a coolie at the Jodhpur railway station, who backed his son and stood by him through thick and thin.
Kheraj Ram did not even have an electricity connection in his house in Sarnu Seemanji village in Barmer district, where he studied till Class 8. Meanwhile, his father, who is a graduate and Bachleor of Education, started working as a coolie at the Jodhpur railway station after not getting a proper job.
Jugataram took his son to Jodhpur along with him around six years ago where both of them lived in a rented room. Jugataram, now 57, promised his son to send him to Kota for the AIPMT coaching if he scored more than 75% marks in Class 12. Kheraj Ram got 79% marks in RBSE in 2013, and the father kept his promise.
At the Allen Career Institute of Kota, Kheraj Ram won a silver medal for being in Top 20 students of the test of the institute. This won him 50% scholarship from the institute which eased his financial burden.
Jugataram said that though he himself could not become a teacher despite qualifications, he would be able to see his son become a doctor.
Kheraj Ram said he had witnessed poverty from close quarters but learnt to live with pride. “I spent last one year in the uniform of the institute as I did not had money to buy clothes.” He owed his success to his father and also to his teachers at the coaching institute.