PULWAMA — Sajad Lateef, a young boy, from remote a remote Gujjar community area has qualified the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021 with 526 marks and ranks 8th in J-K’s ST category.

Hailing from Karewa Drabgam area, the boy is the first to qualify NEET from the Gujjar community in the southern district.

Sajad completed his primary education from his native village Drabgam and went to Government Higher Secondary School Rahmoo for his Class 10th and 12th.

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“As far as NEET exam is concerned, I didn’t go for any professional coaching. Instead, I stuck with self-study,” he said.

First student from the Gujjar community in Pulwama to qualify NEET

Being the first from the Gujjar community in Pulwama to qualify NEET, he says that it was a very motivating feat to achieve.

Sajad says, “Your origin should not be a hurdle in what you, as a person, can achieve. One needs to stay focussed and concentrate on an objective goal to achieve success.”

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Asking youth to use smartphones in a responsible way, he said it is often misused for leading the youth into drug abuse.

His uncle, Altaf Ahmad, said that Sajad’s achievement is a statement in itself that a student from a government school can excel in exams like NEET and that they are very proud of him.

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