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Giving young India a foothold into the future

The leading lights of India Inc have joined hands with the Centre to improve the career prospects of bright young people from rural India. In a public-private partnership effort to be shortly announced, foundations run by many top corporate houses will fund the coaching of school-leaving rural youth to prepare them for technical entrance exams. Chetan Chauhan reports.

india Updated: Aug 15, 2009 02:41 IST
Chetan Chauhan

The leading lights of India Inc have joined hands with the Centre to improve the career prospects of bright young people from rural India.

<b1>In a public-private partnership effort to be shortly announced, foundations run by Wipro chief Azim Premji, Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Group and others corporate chiefs will fund the coaching of school-leaving rural youth to prepare them for engineering, medical and other technical entrance examinations.

Around 4,000 youth will be selected every year, comprising the top 10 per cent of students who pass out of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidalayas (JNV) — the network of 576 schools across the country set up to promote quality education in the rural areas.

Functioning in almost every district of the country, JNVs reserve three-fourths of their seats for rural students.
“We want the private sector to increase its contribution to inclusive education through this new partnership,” Kapil Sibal, Human Resource Development Minister, told Hindustan Times.

An HRD official, who requested anonymity, revealed that the coaching would cost around Rs 15,000 per student.
The government and the private sector may share the cost equally — the details are still being worked out — but those selected will not have to pay a paisa.

“The training will be for admission to the IITs and institutes teaching other new emerging disciplines,” he said.

A spokesperson for the Azim Premji Foundation, when contacted, refused to comment but said the foundation already had several such partnerships with various state governments.

The proposal was discussed in detail at a meeting between Sibal and Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia earlier this week.

“Such a move will be a big boost to JNV’s success story,” said MS Khanna, joint commissioner with Navodaya Vidalaya Samiti, the body that runs the schools.