In the wake of Indian Army’s “Kashmir Super 30” program boasting remarkably well outcome, I can’t help but feel that India and it’s vast sea of students from financially poor-section need more such programs. Army recently felicitated its Super-30 stars who qualified the JEE mains examination.
A recent report had stated that India is on the verge of producing around 1 million youngsters per month who will turn 18, in the years to come. Also being touted as one of the ‘youngest country’ in the world, how is India’s education system going to facilitate education for all? And moreover when the fees in top institutions is nothing less of a far-fetched dream for students from poor class, middle class and even upper-middle class of society.
The government should definitely take cues from Army’s small in contrary but giant as an example feat by spinning off excellent results.
Results of the most sought engineering entrance exam – JEE (Main) were announced by CBSE on April 27. Out of over 12 lakh students who took the test this year, 2 lakh top ranked students would be taking the next level test, JEE Advanced 2016, to get selected for admission in one of the IITs. While the results brought happiness for many students, some students of the Kashmir valley and Indian Army marked a remarkable feat. 15 students from an Army-run coaching institute qualified the test.
While student across other states of India can enjoy the facility of having so many coaching institutes that help them for preparation studies, Kashmiri students somehow felt otherwise. To give them a fair chance to compete with other students, Indian Army started a valuable program in collaboration with Centre for Social Responsibility and Learning (CSRL). The coaching program named ‘Kashmir Super 30’ is basically motivated by a similar famous program ‘Super 30′ run by mathematician Anand Kumar in Bihar State which selects 30 students from economically poor section and provides free coaching to help them achieve their dream of cracking one of the most tough engineering entrance exam, JEE.
Indian Army started the program in 2014, with 23 students in its first ever batch. Remarkably 1 student of the program cleared JEE Advanced exam while other 17 students also secured admission in other prestigious engineering colleges across the country. Motivated by the preliminary success, as much as 36 students became part of the next year batch. Out of them, 27 students secured admission in various engineering colleges and 3 students cleared the entrance test. As per the official statement, 26 students attended the program this year and breaking previous year records, 15 students were declared qualified in JEE Main exam. Remarkably, 11 students are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2016, while all 15 students can secure admission in any engineering college depending on the merit.
The program is run by the Dagger Division on the behalf of Chinar Corps for which students are selected through a state-wide entrance test. Army also focuses that poor deserving students who are unable to bear the cost of getting quality coaching, given chance to be a part of the program. Shortlisted students are provided 11-month free coaching along with lodging.
GOC Baramulla Division Major General JS Nain facilitated students of Kashmir Super 30 program for their remarkable success. He interacted with students and congratulated them for their success. He also lauded the efforts of CSRL faculty for providing quality guidance to students. “Facing stiff competition wherein close to 15 lakh candidates had appeared in the exam at the national level, the success of 15 students from J&K stands testimony to the students’ diligence, perseverance and intellect backed by the passionate and professional conduct of the Super 30 programme,” a defence spokesperson said.
All students were also presented with track suits and stationary items by the Dagger division.