M Tech student cracks NEET-2020; fulfils mother’s wish
To crack a prestigious exam has always been a career-oriented attempt. Here Nadeem Gul writes about his friend, an engineering graduate now pursuing M Tech, who cracked NEET 2020 just to bring a smile to the face of his mother.
As soon as the results of NEET-2020 (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) were announced, a good number of inspiring stories started to pour in, depicting the struggles of Kashmiri students at individual and collective levels to see through the highly sought-after NEET exams. One such unbelievable account comes in the story of Waqas Iqbal Haji hailing from Bongam, Shopian. Waqas, who is already in his 2nd Semester of M Tech at NIT Srinagar, has now cracked NEET-2020 in his very first attempt with a score of 606.
While talking to us Waqas narrated how his parents wanted to see him as a doctor but his inclination towards Engineering did not allow him to even attempt NEET until 2020. As such, he continued like that and completed his graduation in Engineering (Btech). Soon after he qualified for the prestigious GATE-2019 exam which eventually got him admission to M Tech at NIT Srinagar. However, it would always be at the back of his mind that he could not fulfill the dream his parents had seen for him. His mother, in particular, would frequently mention her wish to see him a doctor with a sigh. This made Waqas change his mind slowly and pushed him to go for the NEET exam in 2020 without any coaching or special guidance. He would attend his M-Tech classes in the day and prepare for NEET at the night back in his hostel room.
In response to our question regarding how difficult is it to switch over from a PG course to a UG course and sacrifice all the time that he has invested, “It has already brought up a smile on the face of my mother and the longing to see her son in a medical college has probably ended. That means a lot for me and I think it (sacrifice) is worth it.” He responded rather emotionally.
Whether or not it would be an ideal choice for Waqas is a matter of debate for those who look at it from a purely careerist perspective but the commitment, dedication, and above all the submission to the will of parents is something one can take inspiration from. After all, a career should serve the greater purpose of self-satisfaction and happiness of a person and his loved ones rather than just enable him financially. We wish him good luck and as goes the saying: “It’s never too late to start afresh journey”.
(Waqas in conversation with Nadeem Gul and Aaqib Ali).