‘Kashmir Super 30’ group of students from Jammu and Kashmir, who have qualified this year’s All-India IIT-JEE Entrance Exam for admission to IITs and NITs, on Tuesday called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh.
The group consists of 32 students from poor or low socio-economic strata, who were given free coaching for the entrance test with the support of Indian Army, in collaboration with ‘Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership’ and ‘Petronet LNG Foundation’. Seven out of these 32 students have cleared the entrance for IIT while the other 25 have cleared for NIT.
Out of 32, 10 students belong to agricultural families with their parents actually engaged in farming activity. The profile of other five students reveals that their fathers are employed as a driver. The profile of four students reveals that their parents are labourers.
Another highlight of profile of the 32 students, who met the Minister today, is that all of them have received their education from Government Schools. Not only this, all of them hail from far-flung areas and belong to low socio-economic strata.
While congratulating the youngsters for their extraordinary performance and achievement, notwithstanding their difficult socio-economic background, Dr Jitendra Singh also complimented the Indian Army and the collaborators for having come forward to provide free coaching to such students who have the potential, but lack the means for seeking expensive coaching assistance. He said, this only goes on to show that there is no lack of talent, determination or diligence even among the students hailing from remote areas and if provided appropriate opportunity, they have the capacity to excel their counterparts from more developed cities with affluent background.
While wishing them all the success in their future careers, Dr Jitendra Singh suggested that a video film based on the profile and experiences of themes students should be circulated among different sections of society, particularly among the parents of the children preparing for prestigious All-India entrance exams. He said, even though lakhs and lakhs of rupees are being spent by ambitious parents in sending their wards to expensive coaching centres, the results of the last few years reveal that in other prestigious All-India exams also, like civil services/ IAS exam, most of the toppers hail from lower-middle class and belong to smaller towns or villages with the background of a government school education.