Pune: While 75 students at Rajiv Gandhi E-Learning School (RGES), Sahakar Nagar have cleared IIT JEE this year, two of them hailing from an economically backward background have achieved a good result in the examination.
The e-learning school is affiliated to Pace Educational Trust. “It is the official IIT JEE coaching centre of the Pune Municipal Corporation. The students with a potential to shine are admitted to our special division, that coaches the students for the Std XII examination as well as JEE and NEET,” said Narayan Tekade, Centre Manager of Pace Educational Trust at Rajiv Gandhi E-Learning School.
Sachin Kamble, a resident of Shankar Maharaj Vasahat, Dhankawadi, secured All India Rank 1613 in IIT JEE. Having studied at PMC’s Vasantdada Patil School, Sachin took admission at Rajiv Gandhi E-Learning School in Std XI.
“Until I reached Std XI, I didn’t even know what IIT was. I got 88.60 per cent in Std X and at the e-learning school, all those who score above 85 per cent in Std X are taken into a batch that is coached by Pace. I knew that I started preparing for the examination late, as some of my classmates told me they have been preparing for it since Std VIII. I decided to compete anyway,” said Sachin. He will take admission at IIT Kharagpur, for ‘Quality Engineering, Design and Manufacturing’.
“Both my parents are sanitation workers. Even now, nobody in my family understands what IIT is, all they know is that it is something big. They are proud anyway,” said Sachin. After his education, he wishes to find a job at a multinational company abroad to make it big in life.
Ajay Chavan, who appeared for IIT JEE Advanced and got AIR 27,037 is originally from Usmanabad, and came to Pune for Std XI two years ago. He said, “Although I am a little disappointed with my rank, I am trying to get admission to a good engineering college in the city.” Ajay’s father works at a TV repair shop and his mother is a homemaker.
About the role of Pace Educational Trust, Tekade said, “At the e-learning school, we get students from economically weaker sections, who sometimes don’t even know about IIT and NEET. So here, our task is not just to teach, but also motivate.”