Mangaluru: A lack of opportunity and awareness stymie the chances of students from underprivileged backgrounds who want to get into the best universities in the country. Their dreams often lie shattered and it is to overcome this that the Centre for Advanced Learning (CFAL) in collaboration with Ignus, organized a 12-day NTSE programme for students of government schools. Students from various parts of Dakshina Kannada district attended the training programme which commenced on October 12 at CFAL.
Severine Rosario, CFAL programme coordinator, said, “Students do not have awareness about different training provided to them. Some of them lack financial support, and miss getting into the best colleges in the country. There has to be a change in the system. Students from English-medium schools get better facilities than other children. Students should make use of various scholarships available.”
Ignus founder Mervin Rosario, alumnus of IIT Bombay said, “Many students from Kannada-medium schools and government schools have an aptitude for maths and science. However, most of them lack awareness, guidance and exposure needed to do well in national-level exams. The idea of doing this programme was to help motivate students, improve their knowledge base and build their self-confidence. Marginalized students should also get into the best colleges, so this training was conducted with no fees.”
Students Shivaram, Prajna and Sharanya, who dwelt on the programme, said they were initially hesitant to come to Mangaluru since it was far and they would have to stay in hostels. Once this fear melted and they made good group of friends, they enjoyed the training programme together. They talked about strong backgrounds of teachers who trained them and answered all their queries. The tests given to them every day were helpful and now they are no more afraid of attempting examinations. They found attempting papers got easier after some time.
The NTSE training programme commenced on October 12 and classes were conducted from 9am to 3.30pm. A total of 30 students attended the programme. The teachers discussed major topics covered in NTSE in the sessions.
NTSE is a national-level scholarship exam organized by NCERT for class 10 students and is widely recognized as the toughest and most prestigious examination at the high school level in India. The motto behind conducting this examination is to identify and recognize students with high intellect and academic talent across the country. CFAL, as part of its outreach programme, is looking to start a free two-year KCET, JEE and NEET training programme for students in Kannada-medium government schools.
The students were selected with the help of PI Shreevidya, then CEO, ZP, DDPI and BEOs. A screening test was conducted for students from government schools in all blocks on September 18. In all, 400 students of different government schools attempted the examination. Of them, 46 students who scored above the cut-off mark were selected for NTSE training. KG Jagadeesha, DC, Kumara, ADC, Sunitha, social welfare department officer arranged the students’ food and accommodation.
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