Breaking stereotypes to bag KGMU merit, medals

Dec 25, 2016, 01.48 AM IST

Lucknow: On Saturday, Avinash D Gautam bagged not just the highest number of medals at King George’s Medical University’s (KGMU) 112th foundation day, it was also a moment of Dalit pride as he rose to the top of achievers’ list. The Kanpur resident, who will also be receiving the most coveted Chancellor’s gold at the university’s convocation ceremony had all through his years at KGMU dreamt of breaking stereotypes attached to his caste, after being inspired by the topper of 2013.

“Vandana was my senior in MBBS and her winning the chancellor’s gold inspired me to achieve the same. People generally have this notion that SC/ST students cannot perform well and I wanted to break that,” he said, agreeing that he had indeed admitted on the reserved seat but worked hard to achieve the position, not letting it come easy. Avinash wants to get into either paediatrics, radio-diagnosis or surgery, depending on the rank he secures in PG selections.

For village Nirana (Muzaffarnagar) born Mohammad Tabish, the challenge was to set a milestone by becoming the first doctor in and from his small village. The son of Mohammad Mohtaseen, a farmer, who could only study till even sixth grade, Tabish bagged 10 medals in MBBS, including the prestigious Hewett’s Gold.

“I was inspired to become the first doctor not just in my family that has mostly engineers of my generation. After I got selected, a number of youngsters started preparing and appearing for pre-medical test,” he said. Tabish wants to pursue PG in medicine and serve people in his village.

Resident of Basti, BDS topper Abhishek Kumar Gupta fulfilled his father’s dream by becoming a doctor. “My father could study only till intermediate and opened a sweets shop but always wanted me to become a doctor,” he said. Deciding to pursue MDS, Abhishek ultimately wants to open a clinic in Basti and serve people in his hometown after bagging 12 medals at KGMU.

Awarded the Rani Lakshmi Bai bravery award recently, Saumya Johri from Moradabad secured highest marks in BDS among girl students along with eight medals. “After pursuing my PG in endodontics, I want to spread awareness in villages about oral cancer,” she said.

Courtesy- Times Of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Breaking-stereotypes-to-bag-KGMU-merit-medals/articleshow/56162562.cms

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