SAMBALPUR: A 64-year-old man has taken admission within the MBBS course on the government-run Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Analysis (Vimsar) in Burla this yr.
Jaya Kishore Pradhan of Attabira in Bargarh district, a retired financial institution worker, mentioned he needed to embark on a brand new profession, and felt that it was by no means too late to do one thing one appreciated.
Pradhan, who retired as a deputy supervisor of the State Financial institution of India, mentioned, “I had appeared within the medical entrance examination after I accomplished my I.Sc (Intermediate in Science) however I did not crack it then. Later, I pursued a BSc in physics and joined as a instructor at Attabita M.E College for a yr. Subsequently, I joined Indian Financial institution after which the State Financial institution of India in 1983. Nonetheless, I by no means gave up on my dream to pursue drugs,” he mentioned.
“I ready for the NEET after I retired in 2016. I appeared for the examination this time and certified. After I prepare as a health care provider, I want to present free medical therapy to the poor,” mentioned Pradhan, who can be bodily challenged.
Pradhan additional mentioned a Supreme Courtroom determination in 2018 to permit college students above the age of 25 to seem for the NEET had helped him safe admission in Vimsar.
Dean and principal of Vimsar, Brajamohan Mishra, mentioned, “There isn’t a higher age restrict for admission into the MBBS course. The candidate will attend lessons from this session,” he mentioned, including that Pradhan is the oldest particular person to take admission within the MBBS course.
“I had even deliberate to stop my job and take admission in MBBS. However we have been 5 brothers and my household obligations didn’t enable me to stop the job at the moment,” mentioned Pradhan.
Rajesh Agrawal, a social employee of Attabira, mentioned, Pradhan had created historical past by qualifying the NEET entrance at this age. “He’s an inspiration for the younger era. Regardless of all odds, he resolved to pursue his research,” he mentioned.
Pradhan, who was born on November 30, 1956, is father to twin daughters and a son. Certainly one of his daughters now research Bachelor of Dental Surgical procedure (BDS). The opposite, who was additionally a BDS scholar, handed away on November 20 this yr. Pradhan’s son is in Class X. When requested if his household was supportive of his determination to affix the MBBS course, Pradhan mentioned, “We’re going by means of a tough time now as a result of dying of my daughter.”
Retired surgical procedure specialist, Bikash Hota, was admiring of Pradhan’s dedication. “To begin MBBS on the age of 64 is a uncommon factor. I consider that is the primary such case in India,” he mentioned.