26-year-old Arvind Kumar from Uttar Pradesh has proved that hard work and constant focus on your goal will make be successful one day. Arvind has cracked all-India medical entrance exam in not first, second or third, but ninth attempt.
He has also given a befitting reply to all those people at whose hands his family faced humiliation for years.
A resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district, Arvind wanted to become a doctor as his scrap dealer father, Bhikhari, was subjected to constant humiliation by villagers because of his work and also his name, which in English means a “beggar”.
Arvind first appeared or the All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) in 2011, which is now known as the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). After a struggle of nine long years, the man secured all-India Rank 11603. He also bagged Rank 4,392 in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.
Kumar says at any moment, he did not feel disheartened. Quoting to media, he said:
I tend to convert negativity into positivity and extract energy and motivation from it.
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He also gives the credit of his success to his family. Arvind says his father, Bhikhari, had studied up to Class 5 while his mother Lalita Devi has never been to a school.
He grew up seeing his father facing humiliation just because of his unusual name. Leaving them behind, his father had to move to Jamshedpur’s Tatanagar for work around two decades ago. However, after some years, for better education of his three children, Bhikhari shifted his family from their village to Kushinagar town, where Arvind completed Class 10 with a mere 48.6 per cent marks.
Nonetheless, Arvind showed slight improvement in Class 12, scoring 60 per cent marks. It was then that he made up his mind to become a doctor to fulfil his father’s wish. He kept giving attempt after attempts for nine years without success.
Speaking about the change in the exam structure to NEET, Arvind was not affected for preparations all over again. However, he quoted,
But improvement in marks at every attempt was a ray of hope that kept me concentrated at my goal.
Moved To Kota
In 2018, Arvind moved to a Kota institute for coaching fearing that he may miss achieving his goal due to the age bar for the exam.
Arvind’s father said over the phone from Jamshedpur’s Tatanagar that he had to work 12 to 15 hours a day to meet expenses of his son’s stay in Kota. He quoted:
I worked for 12 to 15 hours daily to earn enough to meet educational expenses of my children and would visit the family, around 800-900 km away in Kushinagar, once in six months for a brief period.
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Adding further Bhikhari said,
My son Arvind has proved his commitment to the goal. I am very proud of him.
His brother Amit always motivated Arvind for improvement in marks at every attempt. It was Amit, who first suggested that he should move to Kota to take coaching there, the father says. Beaming with pride, Arvind says,
I am happy and my family is proud of me that I am now going to be the first doctor in my village of around 1,500-1,600 people.
However, the boy still says villagers are threatening to trap his family in a criminal case to spoil his chances of getting a government job. But Arvind says he is now hopeful of securing admission to a medical college in Gorakhpur and wants to become an orthopaedic surgeon. He conclude,
Even a minor bone injury hurts a lot. Increasing road accidents trouble me a lot so I just wish to serve people as an orthopaedic surgeon.
Wishing Arvind great luck!
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