Eleven students from the `Lift for Upliftment' coaching centre for underprivileged medical aspirants in the city cleared NEET, the results of which were declared on Friday .
Akshay Hirve, who lives in a slum near Sinhagad Road, lost his father when he was 12 years old. His mother works as a maid to make ends meet. “My dream is to get admission in BJ Medical College and teach underprivileged students so they have a chance at NEET,“ Akshay , who scored 478 marks, said.
Suraj Jadhavar from Alandi is the son of a PMPML driver.He too wants to get through BJMC and teach the same class.
Santosh Chate, originally from drought-prone Beed scored 534 marks. “This was my second attempt. Due to drought, my family was going through a financial crisis so I could not have afforded costly coaching classes. That is when I came in contact with Atul Dakhne who along with his team helped me in every possible way from accommodation to coaching,“ Chate, who has three sisters and a brother, said.
Pratik Gundage from Satara scored 444 marks. “I could not get through CET last year. I fell short by two marks. I am happy I could get through this year. My dream college is BJ Medical,“ Gundage said.
The son of a police constable, Pawan Dongare from Beed, scored 422 marks. “My parents will be happier once I am allotted a college. It was through a newspaper article that I came to know about this coaching class. I will start something similar to help underprivileged students,“ Pawan said.
The organisation was started by Atul and his friends from BJMC in December 2015. They teach at a corporation school every day after work and are helped by volunteers from CoEP , MIT, a Bharati Vidyapeeth student and Sanjeev Sonawane from Latur.
Students can get in contact with the management at 772033007.