A US-based group, Zindagi Foundation will be financing the MBBS studies of five poor students of Odisha, in medical colleges in the state. The scholarship was awarded by California’s Saloni Heart Foundation to the five students who have cracked NEET exam in 2020 and secured admission in medical colleges of Odisha.
According to PTI, the students were felicitated on a virtual platform attended by leading medical professionals of the US and founder of the Zindagi Foundation, Ajay Bahadur Singh. The US-based group will also connect these budding doctors with America’s leading pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons through the mentoring programme.
The Bhubaneswar-based Zindagi Foundation provides coaching, food, lodging and study material, free of cost to medical aspirants from poor financial backgrounds. All 19 students of the organization have successfully qualified for NEET 2020 and many of them have got admission into prestigious medical colleges.
The Saloni Heart Foundation began the programme last year by financing students of Krishna Mohanty, a poor fatherless girl from Odisha. Those selected in the current year are Kshirodini Sahoo, Subhendu Parida, Debashish Biswal, Mrutyunjaya Tripathy and Brutti Sundar Behera.
Singh said the students come from very poor background and their families barely manage to have proper meals everyday. “We provide them all facilities free of cost and help them realize their dream of becoming doctors. Families of these students are not in a position to afford even the nominal fees of government medical colleges and their happiness converts into sorrow,” he said. “We approached some groups like Saloni Heart Foundation who have taken the responsibility to cover expenses for their studies, food and hostel accommodation during the entire five-year MBBS course.”
In regards to challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Singh said they did not let the spirit of the students dip and provided all assistance to help them crack the difficult NEET exam. “The scholarship amount is transferred to the bank accounts of the students directly to ensure complete transparency.