Updated: Jan 8, 2022
Life is not so easy when you born in a family of limited means, but if you have a hard work and dedication there is no end for to your achievements. This is the story about Dr. Vani Priya who became an Indian Army Doctor from a village of Thamarankottai, some 12 km from Pattukottai, Thanjavur District. Her father Balasubramanian had a petty shop. Her mother supplemented the family income by working in farms and doing other odd jobs.
Vani’s father wasn’t well educated but was Periyarist in thinking and her mother had studied up to Class 12 and was intent on educating her daughter.
She studied from Class 6 to Class 10 at the government school in Thamarankottai. She scored 478 out of 500 in Class 10. Then she joined Brindavan High School in Pattukottai for further studies. The school management decided to forego her fees considering her family background. Vani Priya decided she wanted to become a doctor, so she took a Science group in Class 11.
Vani had gone through many tough times during studies. Her father was stricken with cancer at that time. His medical expenses had to be met with loans and her mother also fell sick later. After all these burden, with help of her teachers, Vani scored 1173 out of 1200 in Class 12 in the year 2013. She scored centum in Math. Vani Priya qualified for medical as well as an engineering. As mentioned earlier Vani Priya was insistent she wanted to become a doctor. Studying by herself, she appeared and passed NEET.
Vani Priya got admission at the Thiruvarur Medical College. To help meet her expenses in studies, she applied for help at the Agaram Foundation of actor Suriya. Agaram Foundation granted her expensive and studies. The mentoring programme of the foundation ran helped her gain confidence, she says.
After graduating from MBBS, she worked at SRM Medical College in Tiruchirappalli. Then Vani Priya wanted to serve in the Army. So she passed the short service commission exam. After training in Wellington, Nilgiris, she has been posted as Captain at the Army Hospital in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.
Wanting to give back, Vani Priya conducts medical camps at remote villages and hilly areas where medical services are not available.
“Education provides a stepping stone. Whatever troubles come, one should never give up studies,” says Captain Dr Vani Priya.
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