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Study Mate to extend helping hand

HT Media’s network of tuition centres proposes to reserve seats for government school students and organise counselling for students, as well as parents

education Updated: Apr 06, 2011 09:18 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent

Government school students may look forward to a helping hand from Study Mate, HT Media’s network of tuition centres for Class 9 to Class 12. Study Mate proposes to extend its services to such students free or for “a very nominal” cost.

“We have been deliberating upon this. We are very very happy to reserve some of our seats for those children. We'll be happy to support them at no or a very nominal cost,” said AP Ramabhadran, business head (education), HT Media, at a felicitation ceremony for teachers who had volunteered for a 24-hour Class 12 board examination helpline, an HT Media initiative. “We have not formulated a policy on this as yet but we’ll be very happy to support such students.”

Conceived by Study Mate and the Hindustan Times, the Hum Se Poocho helpline came alive with about 220 teachers and at least seven counsellors fielding calls round-the-clock for a total of six days, between February 28 and March 21. The helpline functioned a day each before the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exam for physics, chemistry, maths, biology, economics and accountancy. The volunteers received about 3500 calls and 15000 users on its Facebook page.

Later on, they also uploaded solved CBSE question papers for these subjects on the Facebook page. (www.facebook.com/studymate?sk=wall#!/studymate?sk=photos).

Study Mate now proposes to organise guidance sessions for Class 10-pass students to enable them to select subjects in Class 11, said Nidhi Lauria, director - operations. Counselling events for parents are also on the cards, she said.

On the occasion, Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE, appreciated the initiative and spoke about more possibilities. “I see a lot of opportunities to work together, during exams or throughout the year.” Joshi said that since the CBSE has introduced the year-long learning and assessment system, the Board and Study Mate could together make it happen.

“We encourage continuous learning and not last-minute study. Unless we are given a deadline, we don’t work. Let us try to change that culture.”