Two from ru­ral govt. school clear NEET in first at­tempt

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - R. Ak­ileish

Two girls who stud­ied at the Govern­ment Higher Sec­ondary School at Vel­lian­gadu, near Kara­madai, in Coim­bat­ore district have cleared the Na­tional El­i­gi­bil­ity-cum-En­trance Test (NEET) in their first at­tempt with­out any spe­cial coach­ing.

S. Ramya of a Sched­uled Tribe (ST) and P. Bis­tis Prisca of a Sched­uled Caste (SC) scored 145 and 167 marks re­spec­tively. The qual­i­fy­ing marks for the SC/ST can­di­dates ranged from 113 to 146.

Nei­ther at­tended any pri­vate coach­ing class. “I pre­pared only us­ing the Class XI and Class XII text­books,” said Ms. Ramya, daugh­ter of a daily wage labourer.

She did not at­tend the on­line crash course or­gan­ised by the Depart­ment of School Ed­u­ca­tion in June.

“Pass­ing this [NEET] it­self is an achieve­ment,” said Ms. Bis­tis, daugh­ter of a tai­lor. Both want to be­come car­di­ol­o­gists.

M. Vas­an­thamani, who teaches Bi­ol­ogy at the school, said stu­dents were made to solve sam­ple ques­tion paper is­sued by the govern­ment.

Head­mas­ter A. Bel­lie said the school would give fi­nan­cial help to stu­dents if their med­i­cal seats were con­firmed.

S. Ramya and Bis­tis Prisca

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