Students of government and government-aided pre-university colleges struggle to perform well in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), through which one gains admission to some of the best engineering colleges and all medical colleges respectively. But interestingly they could easily clear PU exams which shows they need to be equipped with skills to answer the entrance exams.
To bring this ease to an end the Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat (ZP) is collaborating with the Centre Zilla Advanced Learning (CFAL) to offer free coaching to the students so they do justice to their abilities. Thus far, 40 candidates from various PU colleges in the district have been chosen for this program. The students were selected after they appeared for an entrance test, and were asked to write an essay elucidating their ‘statement of purpose. The initiative called ‘Pragati’ will offer free training to the selected students for two years.
Managing director of CFAL, Vijay Moras said that there were many students, despite their academic prowess, who were unable to enter premier engineering and medical colleges owing to their inability to enrol at coaching institutions given the prohibitive fees. “Nearly 2,000 students from the government and government-aided colleges appeared for the entrance test, which was based on the syllabus of the Karnataka class ten textbooks. Ultimately, we selected 40 students, all of whom have been given the option of either attending our classes online or being physically present in the classroom. Candidates who stay very close to our centres can attend the classes at the institution, while others can opt for online lessons,” Moras said.