Vishakha Jadon, an 18-year-old student in Kota, was meeting her close friends after a long time. She had distanced herself from them and did not even use a cell-phone for the past two years to concentrate on her studies and clear the NEET. Her maternal uncle has gifted her the phone for clearing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test on her second attempt with an All India Rank of 3,974.
The daughter of a welder father, Vishakha said Rajasthan government’s scholarship programmes helped her in clearing the NEET to become a doctor, which would be a first in her family. Her grandfather’s pension, who worked as a driver at Rajasthan Atomic Power Plant, helps run the family. Being in a city, known as the coaching hub of India, always appealed her. During the time she remained away from her friends, books became her companion.
Studying in a private Hindi medium school, Vishakha obtained her first district merit in Class 10 in 2014 by securing 96.17 per cent marks. The triumph bagged her the state government’s Priyadarshini award of Rs 75,000. The award honours girls who score the highest in their district in Class 10 and 12 exams of the Rajasthan board. The amount of the awards has since been increased to Rs 1 lakh.
In Class 12, Vishakha secured 84 per cent marks, prompting her to study Science (Biology) to become a doctor. She, however, failed to secure admission in a reputed medical college on her fist attempt but she did not give up. Her family stood by her despite severe economic pressure. Her Dadaji, Narsingh Lal came forward with his savings and she decided to move to another coaching institute of Kota, where she received a 30-per cent concession in fee. Vishakha wants to become a neurosurgeon after completing MBBS.
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