Penchant Prompts Odisha’s Rtd Banker To Be VIMSAR’s Oldest Ever Medico

Sambalpur: Thirst for knowledge is an in-born virtue bestowed in a human being (also known to be rational being) for which the unquenchable urge within knows no age bars till one’s inevitable death as the fathomless passion desires to drink life to the lees (living life to the fullest).

A quintessential instance is 64-year-old Jaya Kishore Pradhan, a retired deputy bank manager, scale-2 rank of State Bank of India (SBI), hailing from Attabira in Bargarh district.

The superannuated banker qualified National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year and has taken admission in Sambalpur’s Burla-based Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR). He is claimed to be the oldest ever medical student as the minimum age for appearing NEET is said to be 17 while there is no upper age limit for pursuing MBBS course.

This has been possible following the Supreme Court’s verdict of 2018 that NEET applicants above 25 years of age can be eligible to take the entrance test.

Born on November 30, 1956, Jaya Kishore hails from Attabira of adjoining Bargarh district and got retired from SBI service in 2016.

He had failed to fulfill his dream of being a medico after his I.Sc (Intermediate Science course) in 1975. He had taken the medical entrance test then, but could not succeed. Later, he opted for Physics Hons in B.SC (graduation). After graduation he had been a teacher at the local school when he joined SBI as a clerk in 1983.

In his media reactions, Jaya Kishore Pradhan said, “Behind this success, my twin daughters have played a pivotal role. They had filled up my form when Supreme Court had lifted the upper age limit. An eligible applicant of any age can now take the test and admission after qualifying it. Mainly, my eldest daughter, who has unfortunately passed away, was my chief source of inspiration and motivation.”

Responding to media query, he opined, “If one sets the goal in life, it can be achieved. Initially, I failed. Even after been 15 years into my bank service, I had once decided to quit it. However, it couldn’t be due to age limit for pursuing the long-cherished medical course. When the upper age limit problem got solved, I realized that I got a great opportunity. My BDS daughters’ inspiration and my self determination helped me to the present stage.”
He further opined, “As education is the fundamental right of all, there shouldn’t be any age bar for pursuing it.

One should be given the chance to pursue the course of study whenever one desires as per one’s eligibility. The youth shouldn’t be sans goal and impatient. Unless and until their goal is reached they shouldn’t try to sleep and leave their aim in life. Keep on persevering.”

“With all your blessings, I’m pursuing my long-cherished dream now. After completing MBBS, as I need no more money to earn now, I’ll be fortunate if I could serve the needy,” the good Samaritan submitted.

Jaya Kishore Pradhan