First tribal youth from Jammu & Kashmir qualifies National Eligibility Entrance Test

A tribal boy from Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar has cracked the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2022 exam and made his family and community proud.

The brilliant boy, Tufail Ahmad, got his education from Mission School New Theed Harwan Srinagar till class 8 before moving to Government Higher Secondary School, Shalimar, to complete his class 12. Speaking to the media, Ahmad shared the struggles and hardships he faced, saying he was deprived of many basic facilities. Walking kilometres to get access to the internet and to reach school was one of the difficulties he had gone through.

"I used to walk all way long to Srinagar to get access to the internet and used to download my study videos. The financial crunch was also there in my family. When I was 3 to 4 standard, I didn't buy new books," he said.

Taking about the where inspiration he got from? Ahmad said it was the hardships he faced that pushed him to do something for himself and the tribal community.

"As far talking about tribal people we face many basic facilities and the place I belong, people here face electricity and connectivity problem more often. So it is always in my mind to do something for these people," Ahmad said.

"My brother and mother encouraged and supported me in my journey. My mother, who is uneducated herself, used to push me to study; hence there was an immense support from my family," he added.


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