Syed Sujeel Ahmed | India Tomorrow
BENGALURU—Shaheen Pre-University (PU) College in Karnataka’s Bidar has not just been breaking its own records of bagging medical seats in bulk under government quota year after year but has also been churning out amazing inspirational stories of students’ success. One such story is of Muhammed Anas’s never-die attitude and persistent hard work to crack the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS despite five previous failures.
Anas (22) is a son of a farmer from Kutesra village in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffar Nagar district. Kutsera is a remote village of hardly 3,000 houses with limited opportunities for education, but that did not deter Anas from dreaming and aspiring to become a doctor when he did not even know the medical college admission procedure. With no one to guide him, Anas ended up taking admission in BSc in Muzaffar Nagar city. It was in 2014, when Anas was doing his first-year BSc that he came to know about NEET and gave it a shot for the first time in 2015, scoring only 200 marks out of 720. He attempted it again in 2016 with an almost similar score. It was then he realized that he was missing something – a guide, a mentor to sail him through.
After a while, Anas incidentally met a medical student who had studied at Shaheen PU College of Bidar and secured a government medical seat. The meeting rekindled hopes in Anas to pursue his aspirations afresh. After the completion of his BSc in 2017, Anas decided to chase his dream and took a challenging decision to move to a place thousands of miles away from his village of Kutesra in Uttar Pradesh to down south Bidar in Karnataka and got enrolled at Shaheen PU College.
“His basics were weak, though the concepts were clear. We decided to work on his basics and advised him to study first-year PU,” said the Shaheen college founder Abdul Qadeer.
Anas told India Tomorrow, “It was a mixed feeling to go back and study first-year PU again, but it was necessary to achieve the goal. I got full support from my family, teaching staff and HODs of the college.”
In 2017, while studying first-year PU, Anas appeared for NEET examinations once again to assesses his abilities than to expect a seat. In 2018, after the completion of the second-year PU, Anas was ready yet again to face the test, but the result turned out to be poor again. With multiple failures and growing age, Anas’s confidence was started to sink, and he was getting into depression. But he didn’t give up and gave it another chance in 2019 and scored 530 marks with an all India rank of 320,00 but yet again he could not achieve what he was looking for. It was time now for him to pack the bags and go home. Anas left his dream far behind and was readying to go back when Shaheen college picked the boy up again, held him back and offered him free coaching during 2019-20, which instilled back confidence in him and boosted his morale. For all his previous studies, Shaheen college gave him 25% discount in fees with a stay in their own hostel.
For Anas, this was ‘now or never’ moment. Going beyond a step further, he tightened up his studies and started to put in more efforts. Anas started studying more than 8 hours daily apart from his regular classes in the college. His day would break at 4.30 in the morning with prayers and end at 11 in the night. The rigorous studies went on for more than a year and finally bore the fruits which both Anas and the Shaheen college were looking for. Anas, who had once scored 200 marks, scored a staggering 663 marks out of 720 in 2020 and secured an all India rank of 1,876 in NEET, which made him a blue-eyed boy of the Shaheen college. This rank meant a medical seat for him in not just any ordinary medical college but in a college among top 10 in India. Anas is now just a formality away from securing an MBBS seat in any of the top medical colleges in India such as Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, or Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
Shaheen’s Crowning Glory In NEET
Shaheen PU College has been adding a new feather to its crown every year academic year. This year in NEET, the college has created history in Karnataka when one of its students, Kartik Reddy from Bidar, secured the first rank in NEET in Karnataka and ninth in India by scoring 710 marks out of 720.
Shaheen college has not just created a name for Bidar but has also left behind some of the illustrious and leading PU colleges of the state, as the tally of government medical seats secured by Shaheen’s students has been way above any other college in Karnataka. This year, about 400 Shaheen students are expected to get medical seats under government quota, Abdul Qadeer, founder of Shaheen college, told India Tomorrow.