With the State government, as part of the 7.5% reservation, creating a special fund to meet the tuition and other scholastic needs of candidates from government schools who successfully won seats in medical colleges, Tirupattur Collector MP Sivan Arul has volunteered to provide basic necessities to five students chosen from the district, sources said.
“A few local residents brought one of the students to me and I volunteered to help with the basic necessities,” the Collector said. Once news got around, others also volunteered to provide necessary aid. “Those from poor backgrounds usually struggle for acceptance in bigger cities and this often leads to the development of inferiority complex and other issues,” Arul added. Hence when one of the students came to him, he assured that all would be taken care of.
One of them, S Govindaraj, from Chinnakonarapatti in Kandli panchayat union, said that he and his mother struggled to survive with her income as a coolie. In another case, a girl from the district was nearly prevented from joining the MBBS course as the father feared for his daughter in a big city. “I had to send a team of officials to visit him who assured him that no harm would befall the girl. She will join the course shortly,” Arul added.