While some of their counterparts were pelting stones to vent their anger at security forces in Kashmir, 40 IIT aspirants from the troubled valley were quietly undergoing coaching with the Indian Army, during the months of unrest, in pursuit of their dreams of studying technology at the premier engineering schools in India.
The recently announced results on June 11 of the Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced, saw nine of these Super-40 students clearing it with a good score. The IIT-JEE is considered as one of the toughest exams in India. Some 28, including two women, from the army's Super-40 coaching initiative, had cracked the IIT-JEE mains exam this year, said an IANS report.
On Tuesday, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat met and complimented some of the "Super-40" students in Kashmir, said an official. The army conducts coaching at Srinagar with its training partner Centre for Social Responsibility and Learning (CSRL) and Petronet LNG. The initiative for coaching Kashmiri students for engineering entrance examinations was launched in 2013. According to a report by TOI, this was the first time that five girls from the Valley had joined the Army’s Super-40 batch. These girls are now eligible for admission to engineering courses in Jamia Millia University and Jamia Hamdard University in Delhi. The Army conducts coaching classes for the Super-40 batch in Srinagar with its training partner, the Centre for Social Responsibility and Learning (CSRL), and Petronet LNG. The project aims to support and help talented and underprivileged students of Kashmir achieve academic success.
According to the report, Meenakshi Shai, chief manager of the Army's Super-40 batch project (CSRL), said,
This Super-40 batch has been in existence for the last three years.'In the first year, not one student from the batch could crack JEE. Last year, 30 students from the batch took the JEE Mains. Out of them, 25 students cleared the JEE Mains and seven cleared the JEE Advanced.This year, the number of students who cleared the JEE Advanced has increased to nine. We hope the number will keep increasing by the year.