“My childhood dream was to become a doctor, nothing else in life. But abject poverty held me back in pursuing my dream. Today, I have realized my dream because of Operation Emerald programme, says jubilant Jathroth Naveen, son of a tribal labourer, who secured All India 210 rank in ST category. My aim is to become a cardiologist and serve the poor in villages and tribal areas”.

          Keeping up their reputation in national level entrance exams, the sons and the daughters of sweepers, roadside tea sellers, daily wage laborers, vegetable vendors and auto-rickshaw drivers studying in tribal welfare residential institutions created history yet again by coming out with flying colours in NEET 2018. In what could be termed as an extraordinary feat in the history of NEET medical entrance exam, as many as 28 tribal welfare residential students are likely to get seats in medical colleges this year. Out of the 28, 20 students are likely to get MBBS seats and 8 students in BDS according to the analysts in the field.

          What makes their feat truly extraordinary is that these students are from the poorest of poor communities, who chased their dreams braving abject poverty and deprivation. Thanks to Operation Emerald programmes launched by the government of Telangana. These two programmes were initiated to provide free long term intensive medical coaching to SC and ST children, who would otherwise never be able to afford full-time coaching. Since the launch of the Operation Emerald, underprivileged SC and ST students are getting seats in MBBS and BDS courses in large numbers every year. Before the launch of these programmes, only a few students used to get seats in medicine.

          “It is a golden moment in the history of TSWREIS and TTWREIS that 28 students will be making their way into medical colleges this year, including students from remote tribal hamlets, an elated and proud Secretary Dr RS Praveen Kumar, said.All the credit goes to hard work and sacrifice of committed teachers and students, he said.

Sl.No. Name of the Student Name of School Rank achieved
1 J.Naveen TTWR IITSC,Rajendranagar 210 rank
2 B.Ganesh TTWR IITSC,Rajendranagar 562 rank
3 D Sindhu TTWR IITSC,Rajendranagar 612 rank


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