Pradeep Pattanayak

Once a delivery boy, he is now pursuing MBBS at the Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital (SLNMCH) in Koraput. 

Such has been the incredible journey of Hebal Pradhan, born in a poor family in the inaccessible Medubadi village under the Daringibadi block of Kandhamal district. Things had come to such a pass that Hebal had to become a delivery boy for an e-commerce firm in a bid to survive and keep his dreams alive. 

A brilliant student, Hebal has been aiming to be a doctor since his childhood days. He passed Plus II in the first division. However, he had to stop his studies due to his family’s poor financial conditions. 

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But as they say, where there is a will, there is a way. This time-tested saying proved true once again. To chase his dreams, he started offering tuition and then went to Hyderabad. There he worked as a delivery boy. With whatever money he earned and saved, he started preparing for NEET and cracked it. 

Now, Hebal is pursuing his goal at SLNMCH.  However, financial constraints are still acting as a stumbling block.  The residents of his village have requested the government to extend a helping hand to Hebal. 

“I am a first-year MBBS student at SLNMCH in Koraput. Around Rs 1 lakh was required at the time of my admission. My parents had arranged some money by selling turmeric and I took a loan of Rs 85,000 from private money lenders. As we fail to pay our monthly instalments, they are visiting our house asking for money,” said Hebal.

“Government assistance will go a long way in helping him achieve his goal,” said Mangaraj Digal, a Medubadi resident.

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  • Ajit Das
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