Coimbatore: Athupollachi, a sleepy village 12km from Pollachi, was thrust into spotlight on Sunday when electricity minister V Senthil Balaji and collector G S Sameeran visited the place to meet a tribal student, who cleared NEET this year by securing 406/720.
After an unsuccessful attempt to secure an MBBS seat last year, 19-year-old T Radhakrishnan, who hails from the Mudugar tribal community, took the test again this year. He is most likely to get a seat in a government medical college in the state.
Raised by a disabled mother in poverty, Radhakrishnan is a role model for the community, said Balaji, who gifted him a smart phone. Promising to assist him in every way, the minister said that the state government has allocated funds for education of children and Radhakrishnan will get the required support to complete MBBS. “His achievement will be an inspiration for many in his community to focus on education to come up in life,” the minister added.
“I don’t remember any minister visiting our village and I feel proud that it happened because of me,” said Radhakrishnan. TNN



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