Odisha Teacher Helps Underprivileged Students Crack NEET

Forty-seven-year-old Ajaya Bahadur Singh, who hails from Odisha, started the foundation ‘Zindagi’ to help underprivileged students who intend to become doctors. This year, beating all odds, 14 underprivileged students from ‘Zindagi’ cracked the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), which was taken by lakhs of students across India.

Zindagi specifically trains students that are highly talented but have financial limitation and are hence unable to enrol in coaching classes. The foundation is designed in the lines of Super 30, a record-setting program run by the acclaimed mathematician Anand Kumar.

Founder Ajaya Bahadur Singh had a tough childhood and could not fulfil his ambition of becoming a doctor. Family obligations prevented him from pursuing higher education. Singh’s father went through a kidney transplant which forced the family to debts, leaving them financially constrained. In order to support his family, Singh had to sell tea. However, he finished his graduation with Sociology as his Honours.

“I always wanted to be a doctor and I was preparing for it as well. But my studies suffered due to kidney failure of my father. I started my career by selling tea and syrup. After completing intermediate education, I used to sell soda making machine. I gave tuitions as well to complete my education,” Singh said.

Singh is now proud to be helping children who aspire to become doctors. “In 2018, students came to Zindagi. 18 students had qualified and out of them 12 took admissions in different medical colleges of Odisha,” he told reporters.