Kota’s Allen Career Institute has earned a place in the Limca Book of Records as the country’s largest educational institute in terms of the number of students enrolled at a single location.
“Allen Career Institute, which is the largest educational (coaching) institute (by student strength) at a single location, enrolled 66,504 students in its Classroom Programme at Kota City, Rajasthan in August 2014,” according to the certificate presented by Vijaya Ghose, editor of the Limca Book of Records.
Upbeat with the distinction, Rajesh Maheshwari, director of the institute, said they had staked a claim before the Limca Book of Records last year. Maheshwari founded the institute in 1988 with just eight students in Kota and offers coaching for AIPMT, IIT-JEE, AIIMS, NTSE and National-International Olympiads.
“It is the hard work of the students and institute from last 27 years which ensured success over the years and attracted more students to take admission in the institute,” said Maheshwari.
Maheshwari said these 66,504 students were enrolled at the 14 centres of the institute across Kota. “Of the total 20,313 are girls and 46,191 boys,” he said. A total of 79,160 students enrolled in Allen in 2014 across all its centres in the country, including Kota.
Till last year, Allen had nine centres across the country including those in Kota, Jaipur, Bhilwara, Mumbai and other cities. Three more have been added this year in places including Bengaluru and Indore.
“This year, the enrollment of students in Kota alone has crossed the 76,000 mark and admissions are still underway,” said Maheshwari. When asked whether they would stake a claim before Limca Book of Records again this year, he said that they are yet to decide on the issue. He added they aim to enroll around 2 lakh students by 2020.
Kota is known for its coaching institutes which attract a large number of students who are looking to prepare for medical and engineering entrance examinations.