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Updated: May 27, 2013 12:37 IST

MBBS, so near yet so far for daughter of daily wager

M. K. Ananth
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Prema with her mother Jothimani in front of their house at Erumapatty in Namakkal district. Photo: M.K. Ananth
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Prema with her mother Jothimani in front of their house at Erumapatty in Namakkal district. Photo: M.K. Ananth

Prema has a score of 198 out of 200, but no money to pay her fees

She has enough marks in the higher secondary exams to join medicine but her mother is not in a position to pay for the course.

P. Prema (18), daughter of a daily wager who lives in a tiled roof house in Erumapatty, has a cut-off score of 198 out of 200 and aspires to become a cardiologist to serve the needy.

“Heart diseases are on the rise and persons belonging to financially-backward families are not exempted. They are unable to get treatment because they don’t have money and I want to serve them”, she said.

She scored 1,168 marks (97.33 percent) in the Class XII board exams this year – Maths (199), Biology (199), Chemistry (198), Physics (196), Tamil (193) and English (183).

But this girl from Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyar) community needs some assistance to pursue higher education and realising her dream of helping the needy. .

Her mother P. Jothimani (38) is a daily wager who earns about Rs. 2,000 a month.

Prema’s father – a conductor in the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation - abandoned his family when she was a child.

Since then, she and her sister have been living with her mother’s parents in a tiled house at Erumapatty.

Reason behind decision

She was in Class XI when she went to a private hospital in Namakkal where she saw relatives of poor patients in tears and struggling to raise money by selling their belongings to save their dear ones.

“It was then I decided to become a doctor and I knew that getting high marks was the only way to become a doctor. I have heard about much about Madras Medical College and want to wear the white coat there”, she said.  

She studied in Barathi Higher Secondary School, a government aided school on the Thuraiyur Road near Namakkal Town, from Standard I to Plus Two.

She was determined to pursue MBBS and prepared well for the Class X board exams, though family circumstances always worried her.

“I scored 483 out of 500 (96.6 percent) in the SSLC in 2011,” she said. She was among few students who got a free seat in the same school. Free hostel accommodation helped her concentrate on her studies. 

Though she studied in Tamil medium from Classes I to XII, she is confident that she will be able to pursue MBBS in English medium. “A friend of mine who studied in a matriculation school till Class X taught me how to communicate in English.” 

Help needed

The Indian Medical Association (Namakkal) has given her Rs. 15,000 as its contribution. But she needs a lot more money to pay tuition and hostel fees.

Interested persons can contact her on her mother’s mobile number 9600751696.  

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I am the guy from Singapore. What Beaula says is right too. It took less than one minute for me to call her from Singapore and in the next minute the sms came in. In the next 5minutes money was transferred. I suggest whoever wishes to help her. JUST CALL HER. Just a cautionary note. The girl cant speak English. she will only talk in tamil. Kindly understand and help her.

from:  kumar
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 18:55 IST

Bank account number and details please.

from:  Beaula
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 13:28 IST

There are people who are asking for contact details. (It has been given in the article.) There are some people who are asking for bank details. (They don't have the patience to enquire when a person from Singapore was able to do it.) There are some who ask for The Hindu to institute a fund. (It is just not possible.) While there are a few who have put in the efforts and have helped there are a lot of people who are plain incompetent. They need help to help. Why can't they see that someone taking responsibility adds additional layer to the process and actually creates an opportunity for a scam or fraud. Then you need another layer to check that. Ultimately it creates bureaucracy. As it stands it is neat and efficient - The person's number is given and you just have to spend 2 mts calling it and getting the details. Just do it.

from:  Venkat
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 13:00 IST

This is a very noble cause but transfer of funds need to be done in a
proper manner. Could an NGO be tasked with setting up a bank account so
that those who want to contribute, like a friend and myself, can easily
do a bank transfer or issue a cheque? Giving cash is not ideal since it
would potentially be a danger to the receiver to hold large sums in that
form. In addition, contributors may wish to be issued 80G tax exemption
certificates, especially if the sum donated is large. Perhaps The Hindu
can do the needful to effect the orderly transfer of funds. Thank you.

from:  Samir Mody
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 12:53 IST

Whoever takes the lead in Mobilising funds kindly e-mail to the id mentioned above so that i would like to contribute funds.

from:  s.venkat
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 10:43 IST

I kindly request "The Hindu" to create a Bank account and publish the details to enalble its readers to contribute for Prema's studies... Hope, in a couple of days Account details will be published.

from:  Jay
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 09:05 IST

I salute to Prema for her mission - why she wants to become Doctor. MAY BLESS GOD TO HER.

from:  Ramesh Ghimire
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 08:49 IST

It would be much easier to help for providers if bank details or
additional details of fees required posted in the news.

from:  lenin
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 08:47 IST

I would love to help this girl achieve her dream - please provide her address, so we can send her the cheque directly as also help her monthly so she can complete her studies. Good Job Prema keep up the good work. With best wishes

from:  suresh nayak
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 05:54 IST

I will be glad to provide all her college financial needs. Please help the girl communicate through email so that we can be of help to her.

from:  VAMSI
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 23:33 IST

But the actual challenge is when she is a hosteller

Mess bill + hostel bill will be 2500 per month

This does not come under any scholar ship or educational loans etc

This amount may come around 2 lakh if the student has to stay in

Supporting this cost is important

from:  Bruno
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 22:50 IST

I am willing to bear the entire cost of her medical education. How can
I get her contact information?

from:  Krish
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 22:47 IST

Hello candidate,
Congrats! I wish you good luck. Can you send your estimation for your 1st year and I will try my best.... communicate by email.

Bless you.

from:  Kauravi
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 22:46 IST

I would like to help, i've done this earlier to case in 2009,
published in Hindu for a girl hailing from Bhavani, i collected 25K
for her. I may be able to do the same

from:  ponraj
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 21:34 IST

Congrats Prema!
It would be good if The Hindu initiates a fund raise campaign for such students.

from:  Gurumurthy
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 21:26 IST

I contacted her on mobile no given in news item. I collected bank details for money transfer.

from:  shashank tikekar
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 21:13 IST

The govt. (both state and central) has enough funds for so many "free"
schemes, fancy and gala celebrations, erecting new statutes etc. Why
not include financial assistance to deserving candidates to pursue
higher education, as yet another (useful) expenditure?

from:  kvjayan
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 21:13 IST

Determination and proportionately hard work is key to success. And hats off for her mother who did everything to her dream coming true.
Wishing her a very bright and prosperous future.
We must help her immediately to continue her education.

Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 20:52 IST

We will be pleased to fund Prema's medical education

from:  sridhar
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 20:03 IST

Congrats Prema may she achieve her goal of being a brilliant Doctor
Pls furnish Bankdetails so that we could send our contribution to such a meritorious student

from:  siddavaram V
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 19:55 IST

Hi all. In fact I have spoken to the girl today from Singapore and she has sent me sms of her account number details for which I already done some donation.

from:  kumar
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 19:39 IST

Prema deserves to pursue her ambition to become a medical doctor, she
has the marks and we should find ways to help her out. I thank The
Hindu for publishing her story. We are sure help will come from all
directions to make her dream come true. Indian Development Foundation
will certainly approach our network of Samaritans to help Prema. The
Indian Medical Association, Namakkal deserves praise to come out to
help. We shall try our best to help her and our Dr Narayan Iyer is on
this mission.

from:  Dr ARK Pillai
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 19:36 IST

This is really awesome.And amazing at the same time that our children
are as sharp as they come but no one is there to help. I just reached
out to Prema & offered her the support she needs to fulfill her dreams
to become the Cardiologist. I believe in her & most importantly, She
believe in herself.

from:  Sudesh Chohan
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 18:50 IST

Roughly how much would it cost to put her through college?

from:  Andrew
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 17:21 IST

We're running an organization to help the needy people to pursue their education. Could you please share some details about Prema?


from:  Pradeep
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 16:58 IST

Could you please provide contact details, so that I can get in touch with
this wonderful girl?

from:  M Saini
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 16:36 IST

Could you please forward me the details of the family, I would like to raise funds to fulfil her dreams.

S. Grover

from:  S. Grover
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 16:32 IST

bravo ,very good and congrates for achiving this milestone keep it up
and god may help u to pursue your dreams

from:  rohan
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 16:22 IST

The address of Ms. Prema please

from:  VAidyanathan
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 16:21 IST

Why not "The Hindu" create a Trust Fund in Prema's name administered by
the newspaper. I will be willing to contribute for a worthy cause.

from:  Manohar
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 16:08 IST

Congratulations Prema!!!
Along with individual contributions, can anybody guide her for scholarships she can avail like scholarships available to SC/ST students.

from:  Ashish Gupta
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 16:02 IST

Thanks for publishing this
But many people from north do not understand Tamil or possibly even
It will be helpful if you could publish the Account Number and IFSC
code of some nationalized bank so people can voluntarily donate as per
their capacity and willingness

We trust "The Hindu" and in the long run, it will be helpful if "The
Hindu" can start a donation facility on a website and assign a number
to each such case, so that people can donate to the particular number
and the total collected amount can be periodically given to the
concerned people in need by "The Hindu"

Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 15:45 IST

This Girl deserves to be in MBBS, very few with talent and perseverance go to medicine, from a humble background she has proved she can achive. Its collages should think of such students instead 100 of them with less passion and maoney making is their prime objective.

from:  JN
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 14:48 IST

Incredible achievement. Hope she can get some aid from some social organisation or politicians. Can U pls let me know the mode, if The Hindu plans to do some help - do not want to get such a talent wasted!God Bless!

from:  vinodh
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 14:28 IST

I appreciate Ms.Prema from bottom of my heart. At the same time feel
ashamed of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Namakkal.

As if IMA does not have funds, they have given Rs.15000/-. Why they
are not encouraging students such as Ms.Prema.

This has shown the true colors of our nations Medical Association.

Ms.Prema need not worry we brothers are there to support you.


INDIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION should understand their duty and HELP
students with interest not with FINANCIAL INTEREST.

from:  Shankar
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 14:08 IST

Its better your organization opens an account to assist her and publish the account details so that anyone interested in assisting her can do so by sending money directly to the account. Hope she realizes her dream of becoming a doctor!!!

from:  rao
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 14:07 IST

I spoke to Prema and connected her to Foundation for Excellence who help
such deserving students for both medical and engineering. Wishing Prema
all the best.

from:  Dr. Narayan Iyer
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 14:04 IST

The ministry of SC/ST welfare dept should take the resposibility of the entire expenses of the girl as she is from a very poor family and rarely a person from SC/ST gets such high scoring marks. Namakkal is having more rich persons and I hope many of them will contribute. Moreover, more than 100 School headmaster in Namakkal Dist has shiponed the scholarship money meant for ST community. Now they have got an opertunity to help a ST student and pay back and get some solace.

from:  C Sakthivel
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 13:24 IST

The state should help in such deserving cases with taxpayers money!

from:  Avinash
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 13:24 IST

I wish Tamilnad CM Jayalalithaa should help this most deserving child thro' CM's fund so that she can heal the masses in future.

from:  Vyas k Susarla
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 13:04 IST

Dear Sir, I understand your position ny just giving the mobile number of the student's mother. But, would it be possible to kindly do something more?

I would like to help the girl a bit. (I am overseas and it is bit difficult to coordinate) Would it be possible to please
(i) find if the girl / her mother has a bank account and get the details of it and/or
(ii) the postal address of the girl to send a cheque?

I do not know the Hindu's stance on these but ................

from:  Ilango
Posted on: May 27, 2013 at 08:15 IST
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