There is something about tea-sellers in this country. This is a story about one such tea-seller, Ajay Bahadur Singh. Having nurtured dreams of becoming a doctor, he is now working towards helping underprivileged and deserving students live their dreams.
Unfortunately for Ajay, his economic and financial condition did not allow him to pursue a degree in medicine.
In a report published in the Financial Express, Ajay says, “I started the initiative in 2010. Initially, two-three students came for coaching and students started qualifying for a medical college in 2012. This year, 18 students have been selected in the medical entrance examination.”
This programme that is run by Ajay in Odisha is aptly called ‘Jindagi’ (Life), and this year a total of 18 students from this programme have been admitted into medical colleges.
During the time that these students spend preparing for the examination, Ajay takes care of the food, boarding, and coaching for 20 deserving students.
He says that he draws inspiration from Anand Kumar and his Super 30. In a story we had published earlier, we wrote about Anand’s journey as well. You can read all about that here.
Each student who is enroled here for coaching has an inspirational tale to tell.
One such student, Twinkle, a flower seller outside the famous Jagannath temple shared her story with the publication. She says, “I faced innumerable difficulties in life. We are poverty-stricken. But my desire and the help of Jindagi has helped me to qualify in the medical entrance test.”
A group of 15 teachers imparts coaching to the 20 aspirants.
Adyanta Science College, which is affiliated to the Odisha government, helps in funding this initiative.
They collect fees from about 600 students studying in the college and use a part of this to run Jindagi.
The Better India wishes this initiative much more success.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)