A Social and Scientific revolution in the making thanks to NEET ; A stay order by the court against the maximum age for NEET exams ; Inaction of the Government preventing senior citizen candidates to take the exams ; and above all – the decades long aspirations of a 64 years old individual coming to fruition through his astute decision, hard work, and a successful plan.
Result : 64 years old Jai Kishore Pradhan from Odisha has cleared the NEET exam this year and is now in the first year of the prestigious MBBS degree course. He will formally start his 4 year MBBS course at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research ( VIMSAR), Burla in Odisha.
Born in 1956, his childhood ambition was to become a Medical Doctor. After failing to clear the Entrance Exam for MBBS in the 1970s, he pursued the course of BSc Physics. A local school teacher after graduation, he joined SBI in 1983 and retired in 2016.
With memories of his failure to clear the MBBS Entrance Exam still haunting ; with his twin daughters preparing for the NEET exams this year ; with his internal desire strengthening his resolve to become a doctor ; and with the lifting of the upper age limit for study by the Supreme Court in 2019 – he saw his path to be a Doctor cleared. He took the NEET exam in 2020 and secured 175 marks getting admission in the special quota. He has now cleared all cardiology, pulmonary function, and nephrology tests ; completed all the formalities, and set to join the College tomorrow (MONDAY).
Dean and Principal of the College, Dr Brajamohan Mishra, a year senior to him agewise, is happy to treat him as his classmate.
Jai Kishore Pradhan will be 69 when he successfully completes his course.
Here’s the take :
1. His ambitious dream to gain admission may have been fulfilled but can he really display his potential to cross the many hurdles through the course successfully ?
2. He may not be able to secure a regular job at 69 , and will he prepare himself to practise OR lend his services to the benefit of people ?
3. Has he blocked a seat that could go to a better (young) candidate with zeal to hold the profession high in people service ?
4. Just bring to your mind the case of the student – ‘Anitha’ – who committed suicide for not being able to secure admission ( missing the threshold by a single digit ).
5. Is it not remiss on the part of the Government not to have given enough thought to the upper age limit more seriously to avoid such strange possibilities ?
6. Is the earlier system of separate entrance examinations by State Governments ; and marks secured in the plus 2 final examinations guiding the selection of candidates better than a National level selection process ?
7. Can the reign of coaching centres be allowed to continue unabated leading to a disproportionate percentage of candidates of varied economic ability getting the advantage ?
These are questions that need to be discussed and discepted further.
We are conscious of Doctors becoming grandparents ; but here is a case of a grandparent becoming a Doctor.
Is this a rare case of an ‘impressive accomplishment’ to be lauded OR is this a matter of pain and punishment to be viewed as unacceptable and unpleasant ?
” Dieu avec nous “
Sunday, December 27, 2020 – 9.41 a.m. (IST)
Tidbit : ” Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck ” – Dalai Lama.