Stopped from taking First Prof exam over short attendance, he is now model student of the college
Indore: Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College MBBS (First Prof) student Ravi Soni has successfully cracked quiz competition organised by School Medicine, University of Washington under Indo-American Medical Students Exchange Program 2017. He was the first student of the state to be selected for the competition.
Having completed his high school from a Hindi medium government school in Bhind, he did higher secondary from Bhopal on government scholarship.
Hailing from a poor background, he says, “Poverty cannot be an excuse for failure.” Elaborating on his initial struggle, Soni said, “I was born in a large but poor family. We are seven siblings, four elder sisters and two younger brothers. When I was in school, my father left us and started living with our step brothers. My mother struggled hard to meet both ends meet.”
“She wanted me to become a doctor and toiled hard to realise her dream,” he said. Soni had to walk several kilometres to attend school in Bhind. “Many a time, we had to sleep on empty stomachs,” he shared, adding “After completing high school, I participated in Super-30 scheme of the state government and got selected in the School of Excellence. I prepared for Pre Medical Test in Bhopal and got selected on second attempt. In free time, I used to give tuitions to take care of my needs.”
However, his selection in MGM Medical College did not prove to be an end to his struggle. Due to bleeding in oesophagus, he failed to appear in first prof exam. “Administration did not allow me to take the exam due to short attendance,” he said.
Following his success, the MGM administration has decided to make him model student of the college to motivate other students.
“My life is a struggle against poverty. But, I have not allowed it to become a hurdle in my education and success,” Ravi said.
Top performer in competition, praised by American media
Ravi participated in the quiz competition under Indo-American Medical Student Exchange Program, held in Washington on March 14 and 15.
He was the top performer in the competition. More than 200 students from ‘BRICS’ nations and USA participated in the event. “I eliminated 23 students and made into the finals. In the finals, I was eliminated in the last round. However, participation helped me experience medical education in foreign countries,” he said. Washington Post praised his performance in its report.