New Delhi: From an electrician’s daughter to an elder sibling of five surviving on limited resources, 379 girls from Delhi government schools have cracked the medical entrance exam NEET this year.
Twenty-three girls from a government school in Okhla’s Noor Nagar are elated over their feat though some of them plan to appear for the exam again to improve their scores.
“We were expecting that atleast 15 of our students would clear the tests but not these many. Some of the students come from very humble backgrounds, someone is an electrician’s daughter, someone has five siblings and has to teach them too besides surviving on limited resources,” said vice-principal Mudassir Jahan, Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Noor Nagar.
“Some of them plan to appear again to improve their scores because they cannot afford fees of private medical colleges,” Jahan said.
Seventeen-year-old Ariba Naeem said, “COVID-19 threw different financial challenges before us. Also I took time to gain confidence that I can perform at par with private school students who have access to all facilities”.
Tamanna Goel, who studies in Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Sector 11, Rohini, secured 655 of the maximum 720 marks in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Twenty-nine girls from Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Molar Band and 24 from girl’s schools in Yamuna Vihar, are among the students who have cracked the exam.