DHARMAPURI: M Manju, an Arunthathiyar girl, gave a stellar performance in the plus-two exams and aspires to become a doctor.
A resident of Verappannayakanpatti in Harur taluk, Manju had scored 1,128 marks in the plus-two exams, following which she got a seat in the Government Dharmapuri Medical College (GDMC). However, due to her family’s financial background, she was unable to meet the cost of education.
On Monday, she approached the Collector seeking financial assistance to pursue medicine at a government college. Accompanied by her family members, Manju submitted a petition to Collector K Vivekanandan seeking financial assistance.
Speaking to Express, she said, “My parents are daily wage earners and I am a first generation student. They struggled a lot to educate me. I scored 448 in SSLC and 1,128 in plus-two. Though I managed to get a seat in the GDMC, I have to spend at least `50,000 for books and accommodation.
“Given the financial constraints, I don’t think my parents would be able to manage it.”
She urged the district administration to look into her petition and extend financial help to help her continue her education.
Meanwhile, Manju’s mother Sarasu said she was proud that her daughter could make it thus far without any help.
“She is the first person from our entire family to enter a college. If she gets through, she would be a role model for other students from our community,” she added.