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AGAINST ALL ODDS:Raheema Begum, daughter of Syed Chaush, a small farmer, had found it hard to pay fees for her PU course.
AGAINST ALL ODDS:Raheema Begum, daughter of Syed Chaush, a small farmer, had found it hard to pay fees for her PU course.

T.V. Sivanandan

Difficulties didn't deter this aspiring doctor

GULBARGA: Raheema Begum who almost discontinued her studies after her SSLC examination as she did not have Rs. 200 to pay as fees in the Government Pre-University College, is now on the verge of joining the medical course.

Hard work and perseverance paid rich dividends to this girl who against all odds is one step away from achieving her dream of becoming a doctor. In the family of two brothers and three sisters and aged parents, Raheema Begum is one bright spot and her father Syed Chaush, who owns one acre agriculture land, finds it difficult to meet both ends by growing vegetables.

Raheema Begum, who scored 68 per cent in the SSLC examination, could have easily got admission into a reputed college, but she did not have the resources to bear the expenses. She joined the Independent Government Pre University College at Jilanabad in Gulbarga. She almost gave up the idea of joining the Pre-University Course as her father could not provide Rs. 200 to pay the annual fee in the government college at that time.

“But for the timely help by one of my friends, I would not have managed to pay the fees of my daughter,” said Mr. Chaush.

Despite absence of teachers in key subjects she passed the PUC with a percentage of 57 and had given up all hopes of entering professional course. The month-long free coaching offered by the North Eastern Teachers Forum in Gulbarga for students appearing in the Common Entrance Test came as a flicker of hope for the girl. Raheema secured rank 3,230 in the medical stream of the CET has ensured that she would get a merit seat under reservation.

President of the North Eastern Teachers Forum M.B. Ambalagi told The Hindu that the forum would make all efforts to pool funds to pay the fees.

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