A tea seller’s son from Assam’s Patacharkuchi in Bajali district has managed to secure a coveted seat at AIIMS-Delhi by clearing the NEET exams in his first attempt.
24-year-old Rahul Das used to sell tea in order to earn a living with his mother and managed to do both studing and work after taking the challenges in his stride.
Das and his brother were raised by their mother, who was left alone to fend for her family after her husband died some 11 years ago.
Although Rahul dropped studies after class 12 due to poverty, he kept the dream of becoming a doctor alive and worked hard to achieve it.
After a span of two years, he got admission to a diploma in plastic engineering at the Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology (CIPET).
He completed the course in three years with a distinction (85 per cent marks) and got a job in a multi-national company in Guwahati as a ‘quality engineer’ in October 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He then decided to leave his job and began preparing for NEET with whatever resources were available online as he had no money to buy books.
Reportedly, he said that he would find time to study in between serving customers at his mother’s shop in Patacharkuchi Chowk in the Bajali district.
Rahul bagged 12,068th position in NEET, but his Scheduled Caste (SC) and Person with Disabilities (PWD) certificates helped him get through AIIMS.
On Friday, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that all education expenses of Das will be borne by the state government.
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