Delhi Government is planning to extend the free coaching scheme to needy students from General Category and Other Backward Classes (OBC). The decision has come in wake of the success of government’s free coaching scheme ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana’.
Notably, thirty-five underprivileged students, who were given the free coaching under the scheme, have qualified for the JEE Main and NEET this year. Besides, five of them have secured a seat in top technical and medical institutions like; IIT-Delhi , Lady Hardinge College, Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University and National Institute of Technology Delhi.
Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, in conversation with a leading news agency, informed about the government’s decision to extend the free coaching to needy students hailing from OBC and general category.
“At present, selected students are availing free coaching for four months. The Delhi government bears all expenses, up to Rs. 50,000 per student. We are considering increasing this amount to Rs. 1.5 lakh and the course duration to 12 months,” Gautam further briefed.
Interestingly, out of the 107 students, who were given free coaching under the scheme for engineering and medical entrance exams, 13 have cracked the JEE Main whereas 22 have successfully cleared the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
The scheme, which was launched by the AAP Government last year, witnessed the enrollment of 4,953 students for availing coaching for various exams. The students also enrolled for coaching for the exams like UPSC, SSC, banks, Railway Recruitment Board, Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board and insurance companies in 2018-19.