To address the teaching gap between school education and engineering entrance, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched a project to provide free online resources to girl students of classes 11 and 12 for preparing for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Mains and JEE-Advanced for admissions to premier engineering colleges in the country.
The project will try to address the low enrollment ratio of girl students in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other prestigious engineering institutions. A release by the board said the objective of the project was to enable girl students to continue their higher education and take on various leadership roles in the future. To start with, the board would select 1,000 girls, 50% of whom will be students from SC/ST/BC. The selection of students will be on merit-cum-means basis. Under this project, students will be enrolled in a free comprehensive course that would be available online and offline. Besides, tutorials, lectures and study material for preparing for the IIT-JEE will be provided online and on tablets given to students.
Who can join?
All girl students from classes 11 and 12 currently enrolled in a non-medical stream (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) in any board in India can apply. A minimum of 70% marks in Class 10 overall and 80% marks in Science and Mathematics is required. In CBSE, a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 8 and a Grade Point Average of 9 in Science and Mathematics is required to be eligible for this project.
Class 12 students can also apply but a minimum of 75% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in Class 11 is also required.
Board officials said preference will be given to girl students from economically disadvantaged sections.
Officials also said there would be periodic counselling sessions to motivate students and parents.
Students can apply online at www.cbse.nic.in orwww.cbseacademic.in or submit a copy of the application to one of the CBSE city coordinators listed in the brochure.
Those applying offline must fill the form available on the board’s website and send in their applications latest by October 27 in an envelope marked - ‘Udaan Programme’ to CBSE’s head office in New Delhi.
Hailing the board’s move, local CBSE counsellor Rakesh Sachdeva said schools run by the UT administration must try to benefit from the scheme as it would definitely help increase the percentage of girl students, especially from economically weaker sections, in IITs.
Chandigarh-based academician Arvind Goyal said, “Government schools must identify their best girl students in classes 11 and 12 and nominate them for this project.”