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Mrunal Manmay Dash

A vegetable seller in Adaba village under Odisha’s Gajapati district could not stop his tears rolling down the cheeks after his daughter’s National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) results came out on Thursday.

And the tears were not of sadness, they were rather tears of joy.

As it turned out, vegetable vendor, Krushna Chandra Panda’s younger daughter, Ishrita has cracked the NEET with flying colors and is all set to become a doctor. She has scored 622 out of 720.

Krushna owns a small vegetable shop at the village crossroads and operates his business there. He is the sole breadwinner of his family and has to undergo hardship to educate both his daughters. This is like a dream come true more for Krushna than his daughter Ishrita.

When OTV caught up with him, he could hardly control his emotions. “I sell vegetables to feed my family. She (Ishrita) wanted to become a doctor and serve people. As a father, I spent everything I could to sponsor her education and coaching.”

“I am very happy today; not because my dream has come true, but my daughter’s dreams have materialized. I am happy that she is happy,” he said while wiping tears.

Ishrita on the other hand seemed more composed and quite. Though excited by the result, she did not allow her emotions to let go. Speaking with OTV, she said, “I have been preparing for last two years for this exam. My father has supported me all the way throughout my journey and I am grateful to him.”

“I always wanted to be a doctor. My teachers have helped me a lot. They showed me the path to follow. I studied for 5-6 hours a day outside my regular classes. And I am very happy with the results,” she said.

Similarly, another boy from Berhampur, Shantanu Dalai whose father is a smalltime farmer has also qualified in the NEET (UG) exams making his parents proud. Shantanu has scored 603 in the exam.

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