EdTech company Aakash Byju’s announced a free NEET and JEE coaching programme along with scholarships to nearly 2,000 underprivileged and girl students as part of its ‘education for all’ initiative.
Announcing this at an event in Guwahati on August 10, the test preparatory service provider said that the drive will promote inclusivity and empowerment of girl students in the arena of private coaching. It will benefit nearly 2,000 class VII-XII students from underprivileged families.
The programme was announced simultaneously at 45 locations in India with the main event taking place in Delhi where Aakash Byju’s chairman JC Chaudhry, managing director Aakash Chaudhry and CEO Abhishek Maheshwari were present.
As per the project, all identified students will appear for Aakash BYJU’S National Talent Hunt Exam – 2022 (ANTHE 2022), the institute’s flagship scholarship exam, scheduled to be held between November 5—13. The top 2,000 students would be given free NEET and IIT-JEE coaching programmes, based on special considerations.
For identifying the beneficiary students, Aakash will partner with select NGOs, who can nominate students from economically weaker sections, only girl child, and single parent (mother).
Commenting on the initiative, Aakash Chaudhry, managing director, at Aakash Byju’s, said: “Being in the industry for so long, we see that the aspirations for medical and engineering education are only growing in our country. Our young minds are in awe of these two fields and the opportunities they afford for self-development and social contributions. However, there are millions of students who cannot afford private coaching that can hugely further their chances of cracking the entrance exams. What compounds the issue of affordability is gender disparity, where families do not come forward to spend on educating girl students beyond a certain grade. These contexts lower the morale of the students from underprivileged communities and girls in general. Through ‘education for all’ we are doing our bit to lift the scope and expand the opportunities of coaching for professional courses for these students.”