The results of the intensive coaching are encouraging. Azaz Pathan, academic coordinator of Gifted-30, says, “This year we got very good results in JEE Main exam and NEET. Earlier too, one student of G30, Shehzad Bhurawala, got All India Rank 141 in NEET-2017 and stood 5th in the state. His father is disabled, but Shehzad is now studying MBBS in the prestigious KEM hospital and medical college in Mumbai. This year, we have another student, Ahmed Shaikh, who scored 558 in NEET and will get through a medical college in Gujarat. We took him after his father’s death.” According to Pathan, the trust spends about Rs1.25 lakh towards each student for their lodging, meals and coaching needs.
Shakira Gariya, 17, is all set to be the first girl from her village of Bodhan in Surat to become a doctor, having cleared the recent NEET exam with 570 marks.
This year, all 30 students of the batch cleared NEET, of whom 12 students are set to get admission in state-run medical colleges.
Shakira, who is confident of getting through the prestigious BJ Medical College in Ahmedabad, wants to be an oncosurgeon. She says, “I am confident of getting into the medical college in Ahmedabad, considering the admission trends last year. That is my first choice. Else, I will choose Vadodara or Surat. I want to be an oncosurgeon. I feel there is a need to create more awareness about cancer.”