Success Story: Students of Tribal Areas Gadchiroli and Melaghat Got Success in NEET, Know the Full Story

Success Story: Suraj Pungati of Gadchiroli district has secured 378 marks out of 720 in the NEET exam. He is very happy to get these marks. On the other hand, 21-year-old Sawan Shilaskar, another tribal student, has secured 294 marks out of 720 in the NEET 2021 exam.

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NEET UG 2021 Exam Result has been announced recently. Tribal students who belong to the Gadchiroli and Melghat districts of Maharashtra have also cleared the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2021 exam. He will soon start his studies for his degree. 19-year-old Suraj Pungati, who hails from Nagargunda village in Bhamragarh taluka of Gadchiroli district, has secured 378 marks out of 720 in the NEET exam. He is very happy to get these marks. He told that he is the first student from his taluka who will take admission to any medical college. Suraj told that he is the son of a farmer and 60 families live in his village. He is the first person from this village who has studied in the science stream and will now take admission to a medical college.

Belonging to the Maria Gond tribal community of Maharashtra, Suraj lost his mother 4 years ago. He also has a younger brother who studies in class 10th. Pungati has completed her studies in Nagpur. In 2019, he had secured 92 percent marks in the tenth board, after which he decided to become a doctor. Another tribal student, 21-year-old Sawan Shilaskar, also comes from a farming family. His village Daharni falls in the Melaghat area of ​​Amravati district. Sawan has secured 294 marks out of 720 in NEET 2021 exam. 

Life for Upliftment (LFU) NGO is helping
The journey of these two students in clearing the NEET exam was very difficult due to limited resources. He got a ray of hope when he came to know about coaching in Pune through an NGO Life for Upliftment (LFU), which provided free education. This coaching has been started by the alumni of BJ Medical College and taught by MBBS students and doctors.  

Ketan Deshmukh, Co-Founder, LFU, said that LFU is being run for the underprivileged and is not able to get the resources. Such students who are not able to study in private coaching institutes, they are helped. Pungati had joined the free coaching classes conducted by LFU. In the wake of the Corona lockdown, he also joined online classes from an ashram school because phone and internet facilities are poor in his village. 

Sawan Shilaskar’s father works on someone else’s land to earn money. Sawan came to know about this free coaching being run by LFU from his seniors. He did most of the preparation for the NEET exam through online classes at LFU. Deshmukh informed that he has been conducting a special batch of Ulgulan in 2017 for the Melaghat area. 

Most of the teachers and mentors of LFU are medical students. This year, 25 students from here, including 3 from tribal areas, will take admission to medical colleges. Many students taking education from here are studying in medical colleges and many are serving as teachers here.

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