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How Quality Mentoring and Coaching Can Be Achieved In Training IIT-JEE Aspirants in Rural India

Author : Col. Rajendra Prasad Nadella, Co-Founder and Managing Director, iScholar

Col. Rajendra Prasad Nadella

Col. Rajendra Prasad Nadella, Co-Founder and Managing Director iScholar

The existence of a stark difference between the Urban India and Rural India shows up every now and then, and it does more so in the education system. Even though there are claims about many advanced developments and progresses made on the academic front, one cannot ignore the big chasm that exists between the rural and urban populations in the Indian education system. But, there is one juncture when the twain shall meet. It is that phase of a student's life that makes or breaks lives – the dreaded 12th standard or the higher secondary school certificate and the entrance exam that follows it enroot to a professional course. Even though the significance of the 12th standard is a matter of debate, none can escape it as one have an eye set on a career goal.

The presence of online platforms has been aiding in achieving a uniform education model ubiquitously.

Taking up the various entrance exams to the various professional courses in the 12th standard has different dimensions for students hailing from the urban and rural parts of India. Usually, the students from urban India have an upper hand in clearing the great leveller of the Indian academia, the 'IIT JEE' than that of the rural students. Sadly, many rural parts of India which fail to provide even the basic amenities to students and have a very tough time imparting quality education to prepare the students for the bigger game of the coveted 'IIT seat'.

IIT's (Indian Institute of Technology) JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) being one of the toughest exams in the world given the competition, is the chief target for all the aspiring engineers. Realizing the high demand for the test preparation, IIT coaching centres have mushroomed across cities over the years, even Tier II and Tier III towns and cities. In fact, coaching has become much more crucial than the school for many.
Rural students, unlike their urban counterparts, having no access to additional coaching, and thus lag in the race. But, at the same time, one can now witness a gradual shift, with the access to e-learning platforms in the education space.

The age of e-learning!

Digital learning is revolutionizing the way things are taught and learnt. The presence of online platforms has been aiding in achieving a uniform education model ubiquitously. E-learning is proving to be a phenomenal opportunity, mainly for the rural children and it comes with many perks!


July 2018

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