Varshini S, a student from Samayapuram in Trichy took everyone by surprise with the heartwarming gesture of giving up her seat in a medical college for her friend. Varshini and Janani, who were students of SRV Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Trichy, are friends since they were in kindergarten.
When the counselling for medical seats for special categories began at Omandurar Estate on Monday, Varshini voluntarily gave up the seat that had been reserved for her under the children of ex-servicemen quota.
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Varshini is the topper in her category and had secured an MBBS seat in Madras Medical College (MMC). “I secured a cut-off of 199 marks and I am from a backward community. I’m sure to clinch a seat in the general counselling. But it isn’t the same for my friend. As a toast to our friendship, I want her to have this,” she told TOI
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Janani, who scored 198.75 marks, was pleasantly surprised by her friend’s decision.
“It was magnanimous of Varshini to let go of her seat. Though the difference in marks between the two of us might just have been 0.25, it would have been tough for me to secure a medical seat. I owe my dream of becoming a doctor entirely to Varshini,” she said.
Varshini is at the 140th place in the general rank list, while Janani has a general rank of 208. Both of them are from the ex-servicemen category, under which five MBBS seats have been reserved. Varshini belongs to the backward class category as well, and Janani to the open category. In Tamil Nadu, students who score high marks usually receive requests from others to opt out of the special category counselling, thereby helping those who have scored a bit less than required to obtain their favoured seats.
Although getting a seat in Madras Medical College in the general counselling will be an uphill task, Varshini hopes that the duo will make it to the same college.