Dinesh Thakur is an alumnus as well as tutor from our AIM for Seva network. An alumnus from the Seva Niketan AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, Dinesh is now pursuing his Bachelors in Dental Surgery from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla.
What’s interesting is that Dinesh Thakur coached another student, Anil Dodiyar who secured a rank of 3912 in the IIT JEE exam (2019). Anil has secured admission in the Bachelors of Technology (Information Technology) course at the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra and he is an alumnus from the Shri Chunilal Vij AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys in Rohtak, Haryana.
Recalling his journey with AIM for Seva, Dinesh Thakur says that he first came to know of the organisation when Acharya Nawneet ji, the coordinator of the Solan Chatralayam came visiting to his village school in Solan in 2006. “I was in 5th standard at that time and 15 of us from the institution got admission into the Solan Chatralayam on the basis of an entrance examination.”
Dinesh’s father is a tenant farmer and share cropper growing tomatoes, cauliflowers and capsicums. His mother is a housewife and his younger sister is currently pursuing B.Com from a local college in Solan. The family’s annual income ranges from Rs. 2 to Rs.3 lakh depending on the crop output for that particular year.
Dinesh studied in our Chatralayam from 2006 till he completed his class XII in 2012. During his school, he opted for science with biology and prepared for both engineering as well as medical entrance with the same zeal and vigour.
Dinesh’s single biggest take away from his Solan Chatralayam years is time management. “I realised that every single second is precious and it should not be wasted. Acharya Nawneet ji is my role model,” he says.
Dinesh is a school topper in X and XIIth and he studied from the Government Boys School, Solan. After completing grade XII, Dinesh took a gap and prepared for his medical entrance. “Everyone in my class and Chatralayam was veering towards engineering. I wanted to do something different and wanted to become the first student from the Solan Chatralayam to do medicine.”
While preparing for his medical entrance examination, Dinesh also enrolled in a B.Sc. programme at a local college in Solan. Simultaneously, a friend and he got together and started a coaching centre for high school students in Solan. The focus was PCBM (physics, chemistry, biology) and the centre would tutor around 250 students at any given point of time.
In 2015, Dinesh Thakur got a BDS seat at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla. He is in his final year currently. “I will be doing my internship shortly,” he says.
From his schooling and Chatralayam days, Dinesh thought differently and he is now at that stage of his life where he would have to make a career choice. There is clarity in his thought process. “I am not looking at opening a dental clinic in Solan. The market is already saturated out there.” He is toying with the idea of becoming a medical entrepreneur.
Anil Dodiyar from the Rohtak Chatralayam was coached by Dinesh personally. “We shared a room together for one year in Solan. Anil’s strong point is discipline and respect for elders. In addition, he has singular focus much like other Chatralayam students, hallmark of our hostel training.” Dinesh is currently coaching two other Chatralayam juniors—Riwal and Ram Singh.
We wish him all the very best in all his endeavours.