Ragpicker’s son to study medicine at AIIMS, Jodhpur

18-year-old Asharam lives in a thatched structure in a town Vijayaganj Mandi, about 40 kilometers away from Dewas district headquarters, more than 150 kilometers west of Bhopal, with his parents Ranjeet Chaudhary and Mamta Bai and younger brother and sister

bhopal Updated: Jul 22, 2018 18:23 IST
Nitin Gupta
Nitin Gupta
Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Dewas
Poverty,poor,MBBS
Asharam Chaudhary who cracked AIIMS-MBBS entrance examination, 2018 has been selected for AIIMS, Jodhpur after counselling(HT Photo)

A ragpicker’s son in Madhya Pradesh has made it to AIIMS, Jodhpur for studies for MBBS.

Though the result of AIIMS-MBBS entrance examination, 2018 was declared on June 18, 2018, his achievement came to be known only a couple of days back only after he got a letter from AIIMS, Delhi regarding his admission to AIIMS, Jodhpur based on the counselling held on June 28 and 29 and result declared on July 2.

18-year-old Asharam lives in a thatched structure in a town Vijayaganj Mandi, about 40 kilometers away from Dewas district headquarters, more than 150 kilometers 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 would attend his first MBBS class on July 23.

According to Asharam, he studied in a government school up to class 3. 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 6. 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. Financial condition of my family 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.”

Ranjeet Chaudhary said, “I am proud of my son’s achievement. I don’t own any land and picks plastic bags and empty glass bottles which I sell to the local scrap dealer. Sometimes I work in agriculture field also. There is no fixed income. Sometimes, we have to go even hungry.”

He said, “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 on his career. Otherwise, I fear he can’t continue his studies.”

Durga Shankar, a neighbour of Asharam 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.

First Published: Jul 22, 2018 18:16 IST