Jay Kishore Pradhan, a 64-year-old retired banker from Odisha, is set to pursue the four-year MBBS programme at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla, after clearing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Having retired as deputy manager in State Bank of India in 2016, the resident of Odisha’s Bargarh cleared health tests related to cardiology, nephrology and pulmonary function to pursue studies.

“I had once appeared for the MBBS entrance examination just after my intermediate class in 1970s. I could not succeed then. I did not want to lose another year in preparation, so I joined B.Sc with Physics honours. Since then a sense of non-fulfilment keeps haunting me,” Pradhan told The Hindu.

“Besides, I am indebted to medical science. My father was admitted to the college, where I would be studying, in 1982 for urinal ulcer. In 1987, he had undergone second surgery and was taken to Vellore for further treatment. As a result of successful treatment, my father survived till January 2010,” he added.

Pradhan took voluntary retirement after 15 years of banking service. “The desire to study medicine was so strong that I was toying with the idea of taking voluntary retirement after 15 years of banking service. However, it was too risky to quit job keeping the family obligation in mind,” he said.

“I have twin daughters, who were preparing for medical entrance examinations. I had been assisting them in their preparation. As I was very good at memorising physics, chemistry and biology, my daughters motivated me to give it a try,” Pradhan added.