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Assam Teaseller’s Son Makes It To AIIMS Delhi In First Attempt, State Govt To Fund His Education


It is a dream come true for Rahul Das, a native of Assam’s Bajali district as he is all set to join the undergraduate course at AIIMS, New Delhi, this year after clearing NEET in his first attempt. For the 24-year-old life was not easy – he grew up in poverty and was brought up by his mother after his father abandoned the family more than a decade ago. Despite being a bright student, Das had to drop out of school after Class XII to support his family which also included his younger brother. To support the family, Das joined his mother who ran a small tea shop in the village. “I have seen my mother toil hard for us. We couldn’t afford a helper at the shop. Since school, I made it a point to help her in some way or the other. I made tea and sold it, too. And as and when it was possible, I would sit down to study at the shop,” he said. Even amid all the hardships, Das did not let go of his passion for studies and two years later joined the Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET), to pursue a diploma in plastic engineering. Das passed with a distinction (85 per cent marks) after three years, and started work at a multi-national company in Guwahati as a ‘quality engineer’ in October 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “There was no job satisfaction at all. I always wanted to be a doctor. One of my cousins is a dental surgeon and he happened to be my inspiration. I decided to leave my job and begin preparations for NEET with whatever resources were available online as I had no money to buy books,” he told PTI. Das, who has a burn injury on one of his hands, candidly said that he bagged the 12,068th position in NEET, but his Scheduled Caste (SC) and Person with Disabilities (PWD) certificates helped him get through AIIMS.

According to Das, he owes his achievement to his mother who brought him up amid all the hardships.

“I owe it to my mother. I can never repay her back for all the sacrifices she has made to raise me and my brother with the earnings from selling tea,” he said. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had on Friday announced that all education expenses of Das will be borne by the state government.

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