Anima Minz, the 19-year-old physically-challenged tribal girl who cracked the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), finally took admission at Mumbai’s Grant Medical College and Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Hospital.
Her journey to this point had been riddled with difficulties — HT reported how the 19-year-old, who was polio-stricken from a young age, studied hard and managed to crack the NEET exam and got a call from the Mumbai college to secure admission by September 3.
However, financial constraints — her father is a daily-wage labourer who often migrates to other states for work— meant that financing her education seemed impossible.
However, the Jharkhand high court and the chief minister’s office took cognizance of the report and Raghubar Das offered her Rs 2 lakh from the state exchequer to complete her medical education.
Dozens of private citizens also wrote to HT, expressing their willingness to help Minz meet her admission fee at the college.
Finally, Anima, accompanied by father Basudeo Minz and her mentor Manoj Kumar, who runs a coaching institute for the underprivileged, flew to Mumbai on Thursday to secure her admission.
However, fate would throw up one last hurdle at her. Grant Medical College refused to accept documents she was carrying, certifying her to be physically-challenged, Kumar said. Anima needed the certificate to avail the benefit of the 15% all-India quota.
“The college asked for a national-level certificate, which is made only in four metro cities. We immediately rushed to All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the required certificate,” Kumar said, adding that a board of seven-member medical experts examined her and issued the certificate.
Despite the last-minute scare, Anima secured admission, with the college management accepting her documents in the evening, much after the time for admission had lapsed.
Speaking to HT over the phone from Mumbai, Amina said, “I got scared when the college demanded the certificate from a national-level institute. Thank God and my mentor, who managed to solve this in a stipulated period.”
“I will put all my efforts to complete the course and become a successful doctor to serve my parents and state,” she added.