Train hawker overcomes odds to study medicine

Last Updated: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 18:41

Kolkata: It is a fairytale come true for
former train hawker Subodh Biswas who got an opportunity to
study medicine this year, thanks to the efforts of a few good
Samaritans.

Biswas, 26, could not pursue his dream of becoming a
doctor despite clearing the medical joint-entrance exams twice
earlier due to paucity of funds.
"I did not even have the money to go for counselling
after clearing the joint-entrance examinations earlier, let
alone pay for my education," Biswas, an orphan, said here.

The youth, whose father died when he was very young,
had to struggle to make ends meet while pursuing his studies.
Fellow students used to lend him books and teachers helped him
in his studies at Habra in North 24 Parganas district.

He cleared the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination
(WBJEE) in 2006 and 2007, ranking 288 and 377 respectively --
a no mean feat considering he used to sell pens in local
trains to earn his living.

"Though I could not study medical studies due to lack
of funds, I did not give up my dream. I worked for a while in
Delhi at construction sites, but came back," he said.
The youth again sat for this year`s WBJEE, despite
knowing that he did not have funds to pursue his goal. But
fortune favoured him this time.
Biswas ranked 189th this year.

A scholarship initiated by Rabindranath Tagore
International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) in
association with Rotary Club of Calcutta has helped him to
realise his dream.

"This endowment scholarship programme for brilliant
students from the rural areas of West Bengal is to help
financially backward children," Dr Kunal Sarkar, Vice-
President, RTIICS, said.

The youth is now eagerly looking forward to begin his
studies in a government medical college.

Apart from him, five other medical students from
financially backward background are being sponsored along with
six others for plus-two education this year.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 18:41
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