Tamil Nadu teen finally gets medical seat, thanks 7.5% quota

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    Tamil Nadu teenager finally gets medical seat, thanks 7.5% quota

    Composed by Arun Janardhanan
    | Chennai |

    Updated: November 20, 2020 10: 38: 44 am





    Gomathi comes from a Dalit household and lives in a 400- sq-ft, two-room home that has a large picture of B R Ambedkar, a wedding event present for her parents. (Photo credit: Asfhaq Ahmed)

    A Gomathi, 19, was amongst 227 federal government school trainees of Tamil Nadu picked for medical admission in the state on the first day of counselling on Wednesday, thanks to 7.5 percent booking presented by the state solely for government school students who clear the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

    Gomathi’s battle–” A day in the life of A Gomathi, an ambitious medical trainee from Tamil Nadu state board”– was published initially in The Indian Express in July2018 It was a time the state was witness to heated debates and protests, followed by suicides of a number of Tamil trainees from ecomically poor background who failed to clear NEET despite getting high marks in Class XII.

    After the report on her struggle in the face of a centralised examination for medical admission, DMK chief M K Stalin had met Gomathi and turned over a cheque for her education.

    ” Why not supply us equal chance before requiring us to take on CBSE, ICSE students? If the Prime Minister came, I would inform him, ‘I will show myself, but give us equivalent education prior to you make us compose a typical exam’,” Gomathi had actually said in 2018, after she failed to clear NEET even after topping her school in Class XII Board exams.

    Even as a number of suicides of medical aspirants shook the state in the last 3 years, Gomathi did not let the “unreasonable” examination system kill her spirit. She strove– 20 hours every day, studying books– as her parents, everyday wage labourers, had a hard time to run the family.

    On Thursday, she was at Stanley Medical College in Chennai with her daddy R Anbazhagan, who utilized to work as a cleaner at a TV showroom. “I must thank everyone. I was ranked 21 st, and handled to get into Stanley Medical College. Even if there was no appointment (7.5 per cent) for government school students, I would have got in, however in a college far from Chennai,” Gomathi informed The Indian Express.

    She stated she did not take training and studied on her own. For Anbazhagan, with his monthly salary of Rs 7,500, it was impossible to collect Rs 45,000 required for NEET coaching for his daughter.

    Gomathi’s grandfather, Virugambakkam Aranganathan, was one of the first protestors who immolated himself in the anti-Hindi agitation in Tamil Nadu in1965 In his memory, a hectic train lane in Chennai’s Saidapet is called Aranganathan Train.

    Gomathi originates from a Dalit household and resides in a 400- sq-ft, two-room home that has a big picture of B R Ambedkar, a wedding present for her parents.

    On Thursday, Tamil Nadu’s School Education Minister, K A Sengottaiyan, stated that looking for irreversible exemption for the state from NEET is a policy choice of the state federal government, and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is taking constant efforts to accomplish this.

    In the ongoing counselling, lots of students from weaker areas– like Gomathi– benefited from the state’s policy to carry out 7.5 percent reservation for federal government school trainees. The state had taken an executive route after an Expense was unanimously passed in the Assembly however was pending for the Guv’s assent for over a month.

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