Bhubaneswar, June 12 (LocalWire): He once sold tea to manage expenses but still could not pursue his dream of becoming a doctor due to family constraints.
However, Ajay Bahadur Singh is a happier man today as all 14 students who had enrolled for his Zindagi Foundation programme have cracked the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
The Foundation runs NEET tutorial classes for underprivileged children in Odisha and helps them prepare for medical entrance examination.
Born in Deogarh, Jharkhand, the 46-year old Singh could not pursue his dream since his father had to undergo expensive kidney transplantation in 1990.
Only 18 then, Ajay who was preparing for medical entrance examination, had no option but to take up odd jobs, including selling tea and sharbet at the famous Shravani Mela of Deogarh.
Later he discontinued studies to become a door-to-door salesman, selling soda making machines.
However, as education was his calling, he soon started giving group tuition and set up Kartar Coaching Centre in 1996, and also got into publishing business that gave him the much-needed economic stability.
In 2007, he decided to relocate to Odisha and started a +2 science college ‘Adyant’ under Adyant Educational and Charitable Trust; this is where he decided to give back to the society what he was deprived of during childhood.
Inspired by his friend Anand Kumar, the founder of Super-30 IIT preparatory school in Bihar, he launched his dream project Atom-50 to provide 100 percent free Plus Two education, free coaching for Medical/IIT-JEE, including lodging and boarding facilities, and study material for selected 50 students.
His efforts have paid off well with student like Krishna Mohanty who secured all India rank (AIR) of 15,295 in NEET 2019. Mohanty’s mother runs a local sweet shop at the ISCON temple in Bhubaneswar.
Similarly, there are other students of the Foundation like Aniruddha Nayak, the highest rank holder in Singh’s 2018 batch, who secured AIR 5662.
Abanikant Swain (8582), Sailendu Raut (9196), Sai Gourav Mohapatra (10558), Sudhansu Priyadarshini (14831), Krishna Mohanty (15295), Omm Singh (16501), Amiya Ranjan Das (25361), Rutuparna Malla (35265), Jaya Prakash Panda (36900), Manas Ranjan Mishra (45571), Rakesh Kumar Rout (63502), Happin Pattanayak (65010) and Namrata Panda (72778) are the other students who have made Singh proud with their success.