Thane: Girls turning doctors by dozens, may resuscitate Bhiwandi’s image

Times of India | 3 months ago | 21-08-2022 | 04:46 am

Thane: Girls turning doctors by dozens, may resuscitate Bhiwandi’s image

THANE: In the drawing room of a modest apartment in Bhiwandi sit a dozen girls, some in burqa. One thing common among them is that they have all passed MBBS. This pretty picture is noticeably different from the popular image of Bhiwandi. With creaking infrastructure and its power looms, once a mainstay of its economy, in a limbo, Bhiwandi is often called a dying textile town. Unemployment and hopelessness often explain the town that was once called 'Manchester of India'. Amid this hopelessness, is sprouting a new breed of doctors who can change this image. "There is a craze among youngsters, especially girls, to become doctors. Soon we will have dozens of trained doctors," said Shamim Ansari, whose daughter Somaiya is credited to have become a role model. Newly minted doctors drive Bhiwandi's silent revolutionBhiwandi's girls are excelling at NEET, and it is being compared to a "silent revolution". "Recently we felicitated hundreds of students who had cleared SSC exams with flying colours, 70% of which were girls. The way girls are excelling at NEET exams, it is liberation through education and they are bringing a silent revolution," said Bhiwandi East MLA Rais Shaikh. The revolution began with Somaiya Ansari. Studying in Urdu medium, Somaiya topped her school at SSC exam in 2008 and cracked NEET in 2011, securing an MBBS seat at a government medical college. Along with her, Ansari Shifa Shamim and Momin Aseera Akhtar too cleared NEET. "These three girls inspired many youngsters who began dreaming of becoming doctors," said Bhiwandi resident and law teacher Salim Yusuf Shaikh. While many individuals worked to create awareness, many credit Dr Abdul Aziz as having encouraged youngsters to aim for MBBS. "From arranging for fees to helping students get caste certificates and their validation, Dr Abdul Aziz has been a great motivator for medical aspirants here," said businessman Akram Ansari, whose elder brother was among a few initial MBBS doctors in Bhiwandi. Akram's daughter is also studying medicine. There are some unlikely "lovers" of a career in medicine here. Sheikh Parvez Ahmed is a photographer-cum-cabbie who drives Bhiwandi students to a coaching centre in Mulund. "While I drove these MBBS aspirants to the coaching centre and back, I thought about my own daughter. I spoke to parents of some of these girls who guided me and I put my own daughter in the same coaching centre and now she too is MBBS," says Ahmed.


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