IIT-Indore students offer free coaching to schoolchildren

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2015 16:46 IST
Lack of knowledge among students at government schools pushed the IIT-Indore students to start the initiative. (HT Photo)

Following the footsteps of the man behind the ‘Super 30’ group, some youngsters at IIT-Indore too have decided to coach young children free of cost to help them clear JEE for getting into the coveted Indian Institutes of Technology.

The young engineers from IIT-Indore have taken under their wing 20 students from a government school in Ashrawad Khrud. In addition to exclusive training with special focus on mathematics, English and computer skills, these young engineers will also ensure their adopted students apply and sit for various scholarships exams, which would help them get monetary benefits and allow them to pursue studies in the top institutes.

“The idea came when we would often visit government schools during our club Avana visits. We would notice the absence of facilities and the lack of knowledge the students had. Many could not even spell fourletter words in Hindi, forget English. It was only then that we decided to take up the cause and work for it,” said Vishal Jain, 21, a member of team Avana.

The group has already shown promise, as one their students, Nilesh Singh, a student of Class 5 and the son of a daily wager, cleared the Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya entrance exam this year. “One of our members himself had studied from Navodaya Vidhyalaya and it was his idea to train the students in that direction. His experience came very handy in this regard,” said Jain.

Impressed by the performance of Singh, a number of other Class 4 students are now queuing up to take advantage of the support these enterprising individuals offer.

“Nilesh was trained by these students in mathematics and they worked on him immensely. When he got selected, a number of students from the school (had someone to look up to someone as) an example. Their help was really crucial,” said Dhiraj Vyas, a teacher at the government school.

A total of 15 students from IIT-Indore have volunteered to help the children out. “We have set a specific time table and teach children as per the intervals we have,” said Ajay Trimbhurkar, another member of the group.

Similarly, Anand Kumar's ‘Super 30’ in Patna provides coaching to 30 students from poor families to help them clear the joint entrance exam for a seat in the IITs.

Determined to help the young students have a better future, the IITians also plan to increase the number of subjects they cover so that clearing exams of other institutes is also made easier.

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