Providing underprivileged children with free coaching for JEE and NIIT exams, trust aims to level playing field
For those aspiring to be doctors and engineers in India, doing well in competitive exams is crucial. Those who do not have sufficient resources to prepare for these exams find themselves at a major disadvantage. A trust in Durg, Chattisgarh, is now working to solve this problem for promising students from government schools through a unique initiative. This organisation is taking the cost of private coaching classes upon itself in order to help these students achieve their dreams.
The Education Charitable Trust started this initiative for the less fortunate yet deserving children studying in government schools. In line with the District Education Department’s mission ‘Better Education’, this trust has a special coaching for meritorious students, and is paying for it as well. Out of the children attending these classes, some have performed excellently in their CG Board exams for the 12th grade. Two children have scored above 90 percent, and twenty have scored above 80 percent in their exams.
Forty two students are going for JEE mains and NEET coaching at the commendable Civic Centre, Bhilai, with more children from rural backgrounds than from urban ones.
The District Education Department asked the heads of government schools to make a list of all those students who scored higher than eighty marks in the tenth and eleventh grades, to select which students would be a part of this initiative. These students were also guided in filling entrance test forms for JEE mains and NEET. Then, an expert coaching institute conducted a screening test for 93 students in a government model higher secondary school. Out of the 93 students, 42 passed.
The results of this initiative have also started to show. Of the students attending the coaching classes, two have cleared the 2017 JEE mains. Falendra Kumar of the Ranitarai Higher Secondary School and Himani G. of Uthai Higher Secondary School successfully cleared the examination, and are now receiving coaching for JEE advanced.
Along with financial aid for coaching, Bhilai Education Trust pays for the required study material as well. The total cost borne by the trust is around Rs 2.5 lakh. The trust aims to ensure that the lack of money is never a hindrance to the students’ education.
Sajji, a teacher from the Education Trust, said,
Our trust works for deserving children of the rural sector. This time, these children from government schools are receiving coaching for JEE mains and NEET through us, but our focus is on helping them build their career.
Pioneer of the mission ‘Better Education’, Ashutosh Chovre said,
Under Mission Better Education, Bhilai Education Trust started this initiative for community participation. The Trust has encouraged the talent of poor meritorious children, which is an admirable and inspirational step.
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