Friday was a proud day for Kerala as three students from the state made it to the list of top 25 who secured highest marks in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
It was a double delight for the state as on the same day, Thiruvananthapuram also topped the list of 30 cities chosen for the third phase of the smart city project.
Kerala topper for NEET Deric Joseph Mammottil scored 691 marks in his first attempt. He secured All India rank six. Deric is a native of Iritty in Kannur.
Nada Fatima secured the 18th rank and Maria Biji Varghese secured 21st rank.
Nada, a native of Chettyamthodiyil in Malappuram, came third at the national level under the OBC category.
Maria Biji Varghese hails from Chirappady, Kallarackal.
The Times of India report quotes Deric Joseph as saying, â€śQuality healthcare is not available for everyone though everyone is entitled for that. I have not decided my area of specialisation. I have secured 16th rank in the AIMS entrance examination. Therefore I plan to pursue higher education at All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi.â€ť
Deric had moved to Pala in Kottayam, a hub of coaching centres for clearing the medial entrance exams, to avail coaching from Brilliant Study Centre.
Nada Fatima also studied at the same institute to prepare for NEET.
Her objective is to pursue research in order to help disabled children. She said her plans to pursue medical research in order to help disabled children might be inspired from the fact that her first cousin is differently abled.
â€śNot much research is being done to address the problems faced by disabled people. My plan is to contribute to that,â€ť TOI reports quotes Nada.
Mariya Biji Varghese plans to study neuroscience after MBBS. She is adamant that she will seek admission only in a government run college.