COIMBATORE: Adi dravidar and tribal welfare minister N Kayalvizhi Selvaraj on Friday gifted a laptop to M Sangavi, who had fought odds to become the first Malasar community girl from M Nanjappanur tribal hamlet in the district to crack the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Being the first person from the tribal hamlet on the outskirts of the city to complete schooling, Sangavi had cleared NEET this year. The minister, who visited her at her residence on the day along with collector G S Sameeran and other officials, assured to offer all support to her and her hamlet.
“It is the result of her two-year long struggle to realize her dream of getting an MBBS seat. She is now a role model for her community and many children will be motivated to go to schools. Parents will also be motivated to encourage their wards to pursue higher education,” Kayalvizhi said.
The minister said she personally wanted to meet Sangavi and congratulate her for her achievement. Pointing out that tribal people were still remaining backward compared to the scheduled caste people, she said lack of education was the major barrier. “If they get educated, the tribals can come up in life.”
The minister interacted with the families in the hamlet to learn about their needs and promised appropriate steps to fulfil them. When the residents took up the issue of delay in getting community certificates, without which they can’t avail the government benefits, the minister said the verification process will usually take time while promising to do the needful.


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