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Berhampur: The dream of an orphan tribal boy in Odisha's Ganjam district to become a neurologist could be a reality as he ranked 13 in Scheduled Tribe category in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) admission test.

It was a happy moment for me when the results were declared. At the same time, I was a bit apprehensive about joining MBBS course in the prestigious medical institute due to money crunch, Narayan Mallick (18) of Bhanjanagar said.

But a Berhampur-based tutorial organisation has come forward to provide all assistance for his admission in the prestigious AIIMS.

As he is an orphan and hailed from a poor tribal family, we had provided him the free coaching, guide books for preparation of MBBS. We have also assured him that we will provide all financial help for admission in the premier institute, said Sudhir Rout, director of the tutorial.

Narayan, the only son of his parents, had became orphaned when his father died in 2015, while his mother died in 2013. Depite of all constraints, he did not give up the hope of becoming a doctor and stydying in a prestigious medical institute. He was preparing for the entrance test for last one year after his Plus II from the Khallikote junior college here.

He did not pursue his Plus III after the death of his father and chose to prepare for the medical competitive examination. With the meagre financial help from his uncle and assistance from private coaching institute, he tried to pursue his dreams.

Our aim is that talent should not be defeated by poverty, Rout said.

I want to be a neurologist because my father died of brain tumor. My aim is to research on this particular area to know more about it and to cater the treatment to the needy and poor people suffering from this deadly disease, he said

My first preference is AIIMS New Delhi and next choice is AIIMS Bhubaneswar, he said. His counseling for admission will be held on July 8 at New Delhi. I am thankful to Routji who have always guided and encouraged me to remain focused towards my goals, he added.

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