In 2016, around 7.1 crore students were affiliated with some form of coaching classes in India, says a report published by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO). That means, almost 26 percent of the total number of students in the country, including 4.1 crore boys and 3 crore girls, were part of this shadow education system. While, the entrance examinations, which act as gateways to reputed colleges in the country, demand logic-based and analytical approach and coaching institutes are the ways forward, the mainstream school education system in the country focuses more on subjective education. Bridging the gap created by the formal education, many coaching institutes have sprung up in the every nook and corner of the county. Indeed, 'augmenting basic education' is a thriving business today.
Today, 70 percent of the parents, from the uppermost to the bottom stratum of the social hierarchy, are in favour of spending a hefty sum to these coaching institutes. They in fact consider coaching classes the only gateway for securing admission in prestigious institutes like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM). Having such a loyal customer support, coaching industry will never go through a period of recession. Apparently, in the long run, coaching institute may become a necessity. Now, when we say coaching institute, it is not just about the institutions that prepare students for JEE or NEET. These days, we have coaching classes for every competitive exams in the world - the Civil Services, B-schools, GRE, GMAT, CAT and many more. Name any important exam and there are coaching centres for that.
While, this thriving market has many faulty coins, which are pushing the students beyond one's capabilities and putting them on enormous pressure to achieve impossible targets, the best institutes have always made great contributions in many young-lives. Most of them not only provide coaching for competitive exams, but also mentor the students to reach greater heights. , iBOOKS, a leading coaching institute that has been preparing students to crack various entrance exams for the past 25 years, is one such example. While, we feature iBOOKS on the cover of this issue, we have handpicked several such coaching institutes, which are operating with a different mindset and goal, as 'Coaching Institute of the Year 2018.'