Eking out a living in Madras Presidency in British India was difficult for Jainulabudeen, a boat owner and his wife, Ashiamma. And they struggled to make ends meet with the birth of their son in October 1931. By the time their son turned a teenager, he was already selling newspapers and doing menial jobs to help his parents.
Seventy years later he became the 11th President of India after his path-breaking contributions in the field of science including India’s civilian space programme and development of millitary missiles.
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The journey of APJ Abdul Kalam has inspired generations and proves that no dream is too big to achieve.
And what better way to honour the ‘Missile Man’ than the ‘Project 100 Kalam’ initiated by Indore District Administration. Under the project, 100 students from underprivileged backgrounds will be given free coaching for a year for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
Furthermore, students coming from outside the district will be given free accommodation, food and transportation services.
Speaking to The Better India (TBI), Lokesh Kumar Jatav District Collector of Indore says:
Talents of several students get wasted due to insufficient resources and lack of guidance. Coaching for competitive examinations is a costly affair that deprives underprivileged students of pursuing their dreams. The project will give easy access to study materials and professors to students from socially and economically backward sections.
The one-year crash course will begin on 1 September this year.
The crash course is intended only for the children of single/widowed/divorced mothers, one disabled parent or grade III and IV government employees. Furthermore, students need a 70 per cent and above score in their class 12 exams to be eligible.
Of the 1,000-plus students who applied for the course, 150 were shortlisted after an entrance test conducted by the Extra Marks Institute. In the second level of screening to be held on 21 August, 100 students (50 each for engineering and medical entrance) will be selected based on their aptitude.
Extra Marks Institute has funded the project under its Corporate Social Responsibility.
For now, this project is only for the 2019-2020 session and the district administration is looking for donors or investors who can take this project forward. “To make it an annual initiative, we will need money. We hope that this project is successful so that we can bank on it to get CSR funding,” says Jatav.
The JEE and NEET aspirants outside Indore district can avail mock test papers for free at Test Practice Centres of National Testing Agency (NTA) across India, or by visiting their website, www.nta.ac.in or by downloading the ‘NTA Student’ App.
Based on the result of the mock tests, the students can discuss their results and mistakes with mentors at the NTA centres.
Feature Image Credits: National Testing Agency
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)