by Shakir Ashraf
SRINAGAR: Kashmir is home to interesting twists. Authorities see South Kashmir has the most violent region necessitating a lot of deployment. Now, Kashmir’s topper in NEET also came from the same region.
Basit Ahmed, 19, scored 695 out of 720 marks in the NEET examination, which was supposed to be conducted in the month of May. Owing to Covid-19 it was eventually held on July 26.
Basit was confident of qualifying the test but with these good points, it was unexpected.
When the government of India abrogated Article 370, the internet was shut down and like other students, it landed Basit in trouble. During this communication blockade, Basit had to remain confined with his textbooks and was repeatedly revising the lectures that were taught by his teachers. “Unavailability of the internet was really a big problem as we could neither access our teachers nor could join online classes,” Ahmed said. “Any dream comes true when you will work hard.”
He gives credit for his success to his parents and teachers. Basit’s father is a dentist and he was always hopeful that his son will qualify NEET with better percentage.
Interestingly, Basit was not interested in social networking as he doesn’t have any Facebook or Instagram account. He sees it as a diversion
After Basit passed his tenth class with good marks, he went to Srinagar for tuitions where he studied eleventh and twelfth classes. He was enrolled and passed his twelfth standard from the Government Higher Secondary School Ratnipora. After that, he came to Srinagar where he studied for some months got into self-study.
Interestingly, on Saturday, he was the darling of various interactions with the Jammu and Kashmir administration. An official spokesman said Farooq Khan, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor felicitated Basit for securing 99.98 percentile in NEET-2020. The spokesman said Basit called on the advisor.
Basit hails from Narwa village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and has scored 695/720 in the NEET exam with all India rank of 188 with topmost rank in Jammu and Kashmir and is all set to get a seat in MBBS.
“He congratulated Basit for qualifying the exam and topping from Jammu and Kashmir despite facing many odds while hoping that he would inspire many other youth from the region to crack other prestigious exams in order to serve the society in the best possible way so that their energy would be utilized for the development of the nation,” the spokesman said. “On the occasion, Advisor Khan gifted Basit Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine of volume 1 and 2 and Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology.”