Patna, Jan. 27: Dreaming big is tough. But tougher is engineering a mind to dream big.
Hundreds of students who aspire to be engineers found eight persons, including five IITians, among them on Sunday to offer them free tuition in reaching their goal.
Ravishanker Dubey, an MTech of St Peter’s University, Chennai, left his cushy job in a multinational company near New Delhi recently to impart coaching to engineering aspirants hailing from several Naxalite-hit villages on the Kaimur plateau.
On Sunday, the group, under its banner, “CYI Winds of Inspiration”, started giving tuition to around 600 students enrolled to their coaching centre at Nauhatta, about 250km southwest of Patna in Rohtas district.
A resident of Nauhatta, Dubey was joined in his venture by Varanasi’s S.S. Tiwary (alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur) and Ashish Gupta (IIT-Kanpur), Anil Kumar Pandey (IIT-Delhi) and Abhay Kumar Pandey (BIT-Sindri) of Ara (Bhojpur), Deepak Tiwary (IIT-BHU) and Deepak Kumar (IIT-BHU) of Ramgarh (Jharkhand) and fellow villager Kumar Rahul (Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune).
“I have been trying to start the coaching institute for the past one year. But I could not do so earlier because of health problems,” Dubey said, adding that the motive behind the launch of the coaching centre for free was to wean away teenaged boys and girls from the rebels, who have made their presence felt in both Rohtas and Kaimur districts.
Rahul said he was shocked to find many of his schoolmates doing odd jobs in villages despite being bright students of yesteryears. “They could not pursue higher education in absence of proper infrastructure. Taking a cue from their hardship, we have decided to promote talents in rural areas,” he told The Telegraph.
Rohtas superintendent of police Manu Maharaj said the police would provide basic infrastructure to the group to run the institute. “I have also decided to attend classes and share information with the promising students,” he said.
Maharaj, a 2005-batch IPS officer, along with the group, took classes of the selected students for about 20 minutes.
Dubey explained that the IITians would train the students in batches. While he would stay at Nauhatta permanently, others would visit the centre from time to time.
Around 600 students from 25 villages of Nauhatta block, considered to be a hotbed of Maoists, sat for the entrance test to the free coaching centre today. Gautam Kumar Kashyap, a student of Class X of Nauhatta Government School, said he came to know about the coaching centre only recently. “Pamphlets were distributed by the police. I have already filled up the form to get admission. I want to prepare for engineering entrance examination,” he said.
Chandrawati Kumari, a student of Plus Two (Intermediate) of Sasaram College, said she got enrolled to the coaching centre to prepare for civil services examinations. Similarly, Alok Kumar, a student of Class X, said that he joined the coaching centre to prepare for medical entrance test.
Dubey said they would first teach the students to clear classes IX and X examinations that would be followed by coaching for engineering, medical and other examinations.
SP Maharaj said such coaching facility would help students in 400-odd villages in the Kaimur hills.
Ramesh, a resident of Asthan village in Kaimur district, said he qualified for the engineering entrance test and got admission in BTech in Raajdhani Engineering College, Bhubaneswar (Odisha). “I am the first engineering graduate from the 400 villages,” he said, adding that he belonged to a family, which hardly manages to make both ends meet. Referring to the hardship that he had to overcome to achieve the feat, Ramesh said there was no school, hospital or transport facility at his village. “Yet, I did not lose my patience and focused on my studies and finally got selected,” he said.