Majid Ahmed, 19, of Little Horton, in Bradford, West Yorks had committed an offence in 2005. He was determined to turn a new leaf and studied hard to score A grades at A level.
When he applied to study medicine, two reputed colleges, The Imperial College in London and the University of Manchester rejected his application last year on grounds of conduct. The boy battled it out and finally received the good news of his admission into Manchester, in September this year.
Close to realizing a dream, Majid said, "I'm ecstatic. This shows people, that determination and perseverance do pay off. And if you think you've been mistreated by a university, fight your cause."
Imperial College had denied him a seat for medicine, though for most courses conviction did not stand in the way. Yet, in the case of medicine, doctors have a responsibility to society.
However, The General Medical Council confirmed that in the admission procedure to study medicine, the criminal records, if any, of applicants are studied in detail and a decision is taken only after the assessment of risks.