During the two-hour break between her first and second Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) paper, Aakanksha Sarda (18) was relaxing in a vanity van.
A fully equipped mini-room, with a bed, chairs and a microwave, Sarda’s coaching academy IITian’s Pace had provided such vans for all its students across exam centres.
“I want to be able to provide for them right until they actually sit for their exams,” said Praveen Tyagi, director of IITian’s Pace. “We become very attached to our students,”
The van is just one example of the services coaching academies in the city have been making over the past few years.
Mahesh Tutorials, which coaches students for various board exams, started a free helpline five years ago, open to students from all over the state, while Sinhal Classes is about to coach students online.
Similarly, Aakrati, an institute headquartered in Kota, the IIT-JEE coaching hub in Rajasthan, set up a 24-acre residential academy in Bhayander last month where students live, eat and play, while they study for their plus-two and the JEE.
“They cater to market forces. So, as businesses they do need to keep reinventing themselves,” said Dr K.B. Kushal, director of DAV schools in Maharashtra.
Both Aakrati and IIITian’s Pace, coaching institutes dedicated to preparing students for the JEE, have tied up with city schools and junior colleges.
With their evolution beyond the traditional format, coaching classes have infiltrated schools and colleges, something not everyone thinks is a good thing.