Three months ago, the government tied up with IITian’s Pace, coaching academy, to provide coaching to IIT-aspirants, junior college education and hostel accommodation for 50 promising students from rural Maharashtra.
Now, these students, all of who belong to SC and ST and who were selected on the basis of an entrance test, and their parents have arrived in the city, only to find they have nowhere to stay.
“We have been living in hotels for the past week,” said B.T. Linge, parent of one of students. “The government had promised accommodation for the students, we are trying to tell them that our children will lose out on education if they are not able to make suitable arrangements.”
The batch of students were to be the beneficiaries of a tie-up between IITian’s Pace and the Social Welfare Department. While the government had promised hostel accommodation, IITian’s Pace was to provide free coaching and junior college education.
These students were to be the ‘Super-50’ of Maharashtra, similar to the ‘Super-30’ of Bihar; where 30 disadvantaged students were picked out on the basis of an entrance test and trained free of cost for IIT.
They plan to present their case at Mantralaya on Saturday. “I have been trying to follow up this issue with the state for three months but no arrangements have been made,” said Praveen Tyagi, MD of IITian’s Pace.
The department denied there was an issue. “We provided them accommodation, there is nothing wrong with the place we offered them,” said Satish Gavai, principal secretary of the Social Welfare Department.