A labourer from Bengal is giving his best every year to crack MBBS entrance exam. Pradip Halder, a 48-year-old farmer’s dedication is nothing like you have seen before. At times when fake degrees are available in plenty in the market, this man should be an inspiration for not losing hope and using one’s potential to the fullest. Halder has appeared for the medical entrance examination 17 times since 2000 and dreams of becoming a doctor someday. Halder who has two daughters and a son works as an agricultural labourer.Also Read - TS EAMCET Result 2021 Announced, Here's How to Check and Download Score Card Via Direct Link

He had appeared for the test this year too and is waiting for the results. He wants to secure a rank within 500 in the SC category. He plans to then secure a seat in a government-run medical college and until now his best rank is 1,725. He also hopes that common medical entrance test does not become mandatory and if it does he wants the upper age limit of 30 years for an SC candidate to be relaxed. Bengal has around 2,700 MBBS seats in government-run and private medical colleges. Also Read - NEET is Discriminatory Against Poor Students: Madras HC Grills Centre, Asks to Scrap it

Halder is a resident of Pratappur in Krishnaganj of Nadia district in Bengal which is about 125 km from Kolkata. He earns just about Rs 4,000 a month and owns inherited homestead land. He lives in a house made of bamboo walls that absorb water during rain. Halder is often ridiculed by his villagers for appearing for entrance exam every year. Also Read - NEET eligibility criteria has been changed, will get only three attempts

A K Maity a retired government doctor who runs a coaching centre for medical aspirants met Halder in 2013. Hindustan Times quoted him as saying, “In 2013, he got in touch with me. I was impressed by his passion and decided to take him under my wings. His ranks are going up every year. I am really hopeful that he will realise his dream someday.” Maity funds his expenses four to six weeks before the entrance examination and helps him prepare for it.

When asked how will he manage to pay for education if he clears it with a good score, Halder says, “If I can secure admission, I will fund the studies by some means or the other. There are a lot of kind souls such as Dr Maity who are eager to help me.” Halder passed class 10 from Bengal board in 1986 and in 2000, he passed Class 12 level. He has trying to clear medical entrance exams with good scores since then. (Image- The Hindustan Times)