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A ‘NEET’ dictionary for Marathi students | Nagpur News

Nagpur: Entering English words into the medical curriculum can indeed be a challenge for those coming from vernacular language schools and now a single dictionary aims to provide a little help. The NGO Lift For Upliftment (LFU), which is currently training tribal children for the medical entrance exam in Gadchiroli, will release the dictionary on Saturday in a virtual event.
LFU is a Pune-based organization founded by doctors who took the initiative to train tribal students in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
Starting with the tribal belt of Melghat (Amravati), the NGO has now opened a residential camp in Bhamragarh (Gadchiroli). The Gadchiroli coaching initiative is a collaboration with Lok Biradari Prakalp of Dr Prakash Amte. All academic and accommodation / board facilities are completely free.
Dr Atul Dhakne, Founder-President of LFU, said: “Language should not be a barrier to anyone’s dream, career and goals and to understanding science. Our LFU volunteers have created a dictionary for students to break down this barrier and bring them closer to their dreams.
The dictionary takes the NCERT books as a basis and translates the words into Marathi. The dictionary goes to the chapter and even mentions the number of the page on which this English word is mentioned. This gives a progressive sequence to the student when using the dictionary. Sometimes the dictionary also explains the meaning of the word in more detail, which will make it easier for students to understand.
LFU volunteers led by MBBS student Raj Surana have pooled their time to compile the dictionary. In a written statement, Surana said, “The book has been divided into two sections. Section 1 contains all chemistry chapters while Section 2 deals with the biology of Class 11 in order according to NCERT. All words that might be difficult for students to interpret have been translated into Marathi. This will help the students to learn the chapters with better understanding. We always think that the concepts learned in the mother tongue are the most retained.
In 2020, LFU saw success as nearly half a dozen of its Melghat tribe students were eligible for medical admissions. TOI had profiled one of these students, Shantilal Kasdekar, who came from a working-class family but never gave up his dream of becoming a doctor. He is currently enrolled in the MBBS at the prestigious Nair Hospital in Mumbai.


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