PM lauds Dewas ragpicker’s son who made it to AIIMS

Dewas/Jodhpur: It was a proud moment for Asharam Choudhary as well as others at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), when Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned the name of this student, who, despite a humble background, made it to one of the most coveted colleges in country.

It is a proud moment for my family and also people of my state that PM has applauded my son. The success of my son has given hopes to several students, who have a dream. I have somehow been managing all the expenses of my family.  – Ranjit Singh, Asharam’s father 

Choudhary, son of a ragpicker from Dewas district, is a first-year MBBS student at AIIMS, Jodhpur, after clearing the entrance exam in first attempt. “I came across news of a student, Asharam Choudhary, from Madhya Pradesh, belonging to an extremely poor family. He cleared the exam in the first attempt to get admission in MBBS at Jodhpur AIIMS. His father is a ragpicker. I congratulate him on his success,” the prime minister had said in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address on Sunday.

Choudhary, who hails from a BPL family in Vijayaganj Mandi, about 40km from Dewas district headquarters, had cleared the NEET and got selected for AIIMS. His college fee was waived off due to his scores in the test.

He had initially worried about other expenses for his study. However, several people, including Madhya Pradesh government, doctors, private NGOs and others came forward and offered help to the boy.

After having cleared the entrance exam, Choudhary took admission in the institute on July 23 accompanied by his father Ranjit Singh and a mining inspector of Dewas, Ramesh Solanki, who was sent by the district magistrate to carry out the admission formalities.

“It is a proud moment for my family and also people of my state that PM has applauded my son. The success of my son has given hopes to several students, who have a dream. I have been managing all the expenses of my family,” Singh told journalists in Dewas.

He added that Asharam was dedicated to his studies and he was spending most of his time studying at Navodaya Vidyalaya. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) are a system of alternate schools for gifted students in India. They are run by Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, New Delhi, an autonomous organization under the Department of School Education and Literacy, affiliated to CBSE.

 INSTITUTE TO EXTEND ALL HELP

AIIMS (Jodhpur) director Sanjeev Misra congratulated Choudhary and assured him of all cooperation from the institute. “We have decided to provide him books and other required amenities from AIIMS, considering his achievement and financial condition,” said Misra adding they were all proud to have him there.