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Cash-rich govt energy cos engineer JEE success for kids from poor homes

NEW DELHI: Tabassum Manzoor, 18, from Adampora in Kashmir's Kupwara district, will at all times remember the day she won a decision from IndianOil, asking her to join the company's 'Vidushi' programme at Noida for an all-paid 11-month intensive coaching on cracking the joint front exam (JEE).

That call is proving to be life-changing for Tabassum, who is among those that cracked the JEE Mains exam this 12 months, the results of which were introduced closing week.

"I love computers and dreamt of becoming a software engineer. But I had no hope of turning it into reality as my family couldn't afford coaching. There's hardly any information or scope (on career building) in Kashmir. Vidushi has given me a chance to step out of Kashmir and pursue my dream by doing B. Tech; I have gained friends from different states… it's opened up a new world," she advised TOI.

Tabassum is one of the 252 successful aspirants, including 64 girls, from poor houses in J&Okay, Manipur, Assam, Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and UP tutored below CSR projects of cash-rich power firms - IndianOil's 'Vidushi', Central Coalfields Ltd's 'CCL Ke Lal and Ladli', GAIL's 'Utkarsh Super 100' and ONGC's 'Super 30'.

But Involvement of corporate executives in mentoring sets Vidushi and CCL Ke Lal and Ladli programmes aside. "Our programme is for girls only and hands-on. Women alumni of IITs head the batches at Noida and Bhubaneswar Vidushi centres, respectively. CGM Rashmi Govil in Noida and and information systems officer Debjani Panda in Bhubaneswar regularly give the girls pep talk. Chairman (Sanjiv Singh) too has visited to motivate them," IndianOil director (HR) Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra mentioned.

CCL chairman Gopal Singh mentioned a clutch of CCL executives based at Ranchi, themselves alumni of the premier institutions, coach the aspirants selected from project-affected households. CCL also provides the selected students formal education for class XI and XII.

The efforts are yielding rich dividend. Fortysix of the 56 Vidushi girls cracked JEE this 12 months. "For example, the Bhubaneswar batch has seven OBC, 11 SC and 12 ST girls," Mohapatra mentioned. All the 100 aspirants, including 14 girls at GAIL's Kanpur Utkarsh centre sailed via. Its Dwarahat and Srinagar centres in Uttarakhand saw 24 and 26 students out of a batch of 30 each and every cleared JEE. Four Ladlis and eight Ladlas too made the grade as did 28 out of 30 of ONGC's Super 30 programme.

IndianOil launched the Vidushi initiative closing 12 months to help girls from financially weaker sections gain admission into prestigious engineering institutes. IndianOil pays the entire cost of the 11-month coaching, learn about subject matter, meals, and accommodation. Each pupil is supplied with medical health insurance of Rs 1 lakh for one year to cover exigencies. Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership, an education NGO operates the programme. Thirty girls from roughly 3,000 candidates are selected for each and every Vidushi centre on merit-cum-means foundation via a written test and personal interview. Vidushi has an initial goal of helping 300 girls in 5 years.

CCL launched the Lal and Ladli schemes in 2012 as an outreach in opposition to poor households affected by coal mining. CCL selects meritorious boys and girls from project-affected households after Class X without spending a dime coaching by means of CCL executives who themselves have handed out from IITs. Along with the coaching, CCL also provides the selected students formal education for class XI and XII in one of the most highest colleges of Ranchi - DAV Gandhinagar. Since those students are from households from far-flung areas, CCL also provides unfastened boarding and accommodation facilities in Ranchi.

ONGC bankrolls the programme from its CSR fund.

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