The only way to beat poverty is through education. And when people join hands to harness the power of education and empower young minds, they transform lives. For the many underprivileged students who aspire to become doctors, but are bogged down by limited means, here’s a list of organisations that are helping them take the first step at NEET.
These organisations provide free coaching classes for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to underprivileged deserving students.
1. Lift for Upliftment
Pune-based ‘Lift for Upliftment’ was started by Atul Dakhne and his friends from the prestigious B.J. Medical College in December 2015. There are MBBS students of Government Medical College taking free coaching classes for deserving underprivileged students for NEET (medical Entrance Exam). They teach at a corporation school every day after work and are helped by volunteers from CoEP, MIT, Bharati Vidyapeeth students and Sanjeev Sonawane from Latur.
A group of 11 students from the ‘Lift for Upliftment’ coaching centre for underprivileged medical aspirants in Pune cleared NEET this year.
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Address: Sadhu Vaswani Chowk, Pune station, Pune, Maharashtra
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Akshay Hirve, lives in a slum near Sinhagad Road. When he was 12, he lost his father. His mother works as a house help to make ends meet. Akshay, who scored 478 marks, in an interview with the Times of India, said, “My dream is to get admission in BJ Medical College and teach underprivileged students so they have a chance at NEET.”
Another student, Suraj Jadhavar from Alandi, the son of a PMPML driver, wants to give back to the organisation. He is hoping to get through BJMC and at the same time, give other students an opportunity to learn by teaching them.
Pawan Dongare, son of a police constable from Beed, scored 422 marks. “My parents will be happier once I am allotted a college. It was through a newspaper article that I came to know about this coaching class. I will start something similar to help underprivileged students,” he said.
Fighting all odds, Santosh Chate, from drought-prone Beed scored 534 marks. “This was my second attempt. Due to drought, my family was going through a financial crisis so I could not have afforded costly coaching classes. That is when I came in contact with Atul Dakhne who along with his team helped me in every possible way from accommodation to coaching,” he told TOI.
2. Dhar district’s tribal development scheme for students from government schools
Under the tribal development scheme, as many as 18 students from government schools in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh cleared NEET. According to the Free Press Journal, 16 of the students are girls who aspire to become doctors.
Lauding their feat, the Tribal Development Department Assistant Commissioner Brajesh Pandey said, “Students who study in our class come from extremely poor backgrounds. Most girls have grown up in some of the most backward tribal belts of the district with their parents involved in farming. Despite this, our girls have beaten all odds and they are now aiming to secure a seat in top medical colleges in the country.”
Majority of the students who had qualified came from underprivileged backgrounds and their parents couldn’t afford sending them to big cities for coaching. To alleviate that, special coaching facilities were arranged by the department.
3. Operation Blue Crystal (OPBC)
Operation Blue Crystal (OPBC) programme provides free long-term coaching to deserving underprivileged children. It is an initiative by government-run Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS).
The TSWREIS has been catering to the dire educational needs of the poor children hailing from remote areas and having the least access to quality education. With the aim of providing equal educational opportunities to the poor, on a par with other advantaged children, the then Government of Andhra Pradesh established Social Welfare Residential Institutions. Fully realizing that the dearth of food, clothes, accommodation and a slew of other amenities are the crucial factors coming in the way of the disadvantaged children’s otherwise lustrous career, the government decided that their provision is a priority.
As many as 48 students from the government-run Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) qualified for NEET under Operation Blue Crystal programme.
“Of the total, 28 qualified for MBBS and another 10 for BDS from social welfare institutions, and another 8 for MBBS and 2 for BDS from tribal welfare institutions,” social and tribal welfare institution secretary RS Praveen Kumar told TOI.
More than 49,223 students appeared for the exam from Telangana.
4. The Education Charitable Trust
The Education Charitable Trust in Durg, Chhattisgarh, is working to solve the problem of limited resources being a hindrance to education for promising students from government schools. It is taking the cost of private coaching classes upon itself in order to help these students achieve their dreams.
In line with the District Education Department’s mission ‘Better Education’, this trust has a special coaching for deserving students. As many as 42 students are undergoing JEE mains and NEET coaching at the Civic Centre, Bhilai, with more children from rural backgrounds.
The District Education Department asked the heads of government schools to make a list of all those students who scored higher than eighty marks in class 10 and 11, to select which students would be a part of this initiative.
These students were also guided in filling entrance test forms for JEE mains and NEET. Then, an expert coaching institute conducted a screening test for 93 students in a government model higher secondary school. Out of the 93 students, 42 passed.
The results of this initiative are telling. Out of the students attending the coaching classes, two have cleared the 2017 JEE mains and are now receiving coaching for JEE advanced.
The Bhilai Education Trust pays for the required study material as well. The total cost comes upto Rs 2.5 lakh.
5. Gujarat’s Tribal Development scheme
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Under the tribal department of the state, free coaching for students for JEE and NEET in 2017 were launched. Students from SC and ST background studying in class 12 science stream were beneficiaries of the free coaching programme. According to Ahmedabad Mirror, State Tribal Development Secretary RC Meena said, “The aim is to help students from the tribal background. There are over 60 centres across the state in 52 tribal blocks. An agency has been hired to conduct the four month training session for students. It has already commenced since December 1, 2016 in the tribal belt.”
This initiative is three years old and last year 2,500 medical and engineering aspirants had studied under the coaching programme. If the scheme continues this year, more students will be able to avail of it.
6. Dakshana Foundation
For students of government and government-aided schools in Maharashtra planning to appear for Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in 2018, the State Directorate of Education is providing free residential coaching throughout the year.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with Pune-based Dakshana Foundation. The Joint Dakshana Scholarship Selection Test was scheduled on April 9 and the last date for registering the names were March 30, as per a TOI report.
The scholarship includes free coaching for JEE/NEET with free food as well as accommodation at the Dakshana Foundation Campus in Pune. The eligibility criteria for applying to the foundation includes a score of more than 75% in maths and science.
Other initiatives that were launched to help underprivileged students get free coaching for NEET
The Jammu and Kashmir Police sponsored free coaching for a group of 32 students hailing from different parts of Jammu Zone to prepare them for the exams. The coaching classes were held at ASL Tutorial Kachi Chawni, conducted by J&K Police under Civic Action Programme (CAP), reported Daily Excelsior.