T.V. Sivanandan

Bhimrao Patil from a small farmer family is all set to complete his PG Diploma in Radiology

He was finding it difficult even to pay the annual fee of Rs. 25,000 in 2002

GULBARGA: Bhimrao V. Patil is a shining example of how timely help and hard work can change the course of life of a person coming from a poor family with a rural background.

Bhimrao Patil, who, with a modest background of coming from a small farmer family owning 4 acres of dry land in Mamdapur village in Aland taluk in Gulbarga district, was finding it difficult to pursue his education, is now all set to come out with flying colours in Post-Graduate Diploma in Radiology from the Bangalore Medical College (BMC).

Dr. Patil, who had studied in Kannada-medium at the Hiremath Higher Secondary School in Aland town, came out with an impressive pass percentage of 80 in the SSLC examination.

He joined the Government Pre-University College in Aland town and passed out with 85 per cent in 2002. He secured the 1,800th rank in the Common Entrance Test (CET) in the medical stream and got a free seat in the Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College.

Friend indeed

When he was finding it difficult even to pay the yearly fee of around Rs. 25,000 in 2002, Dr. Patil recalls, his family friend, Sultanappa Waghdargi, who lived in Hallisagar in Aland taluk, helped him join the medical course.

Taking into consideration the poor economic condition of the family of Dr. Patil, the Dr. P.S. Shankar Pratishthan selected him to receive the first medical scholarship of providing Rs. 1,000 every month till he completed his course.

Dr. Patil did not fail the hopes reposed by his family members in him, Mr. Waghdargi and the Dr. P.S. Shankar Pratishthan and passed out MBBS with an impressive over all 69 per cent.

His hard work paid him rich dividends when he got the Post-Graduate Diploma in Radiology course on merit quota in the Bangalore Medical College.

He has completed his first year and is in the process of completing the second year of the course.

“But for the help extended by my uncle Mahadevappa Patil, aunt Sonubai, Sultanappa Waghdargi and the Dr. P.S. Shankar Pratishthan, I would not have even dreamt of completing MBBS, leave alone the Post-Graduate Diploma in Radiology,” said Dr. Patil.

“I propose to repay the debt by joining government service after completing my post-graduation course and serve the poor instead of joining any private hospital,” he said.

His younger brother, Mahantesh Patil, is pursing his post-graduate course in Epidemiology branch in Veterinary Science in a college at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh and sister, Vijayalakshmi Patil, is a teacher.

His father, Veerabhadrappa Patil, who studied up to seventh standard, is an agriculturist and his mother Gundamma Patil is a housewife.