Dhanbad, Sept. 7: Tata Steel Rural Development Society, Jharia division, has yet again reached out to underprivileged students.
The society has launched pre-matric coaching classes in mathematics, science and English for 2,054 students of Tata Steel project areas in Dhanbad district. The special lessons, that began on August 1, is aimed at improving matriculation results of poor children who cannot afford private tuition. The lessons will continue till March next year.
The society held a programme at JRD Tata Auditorium in Dhanbad today to formally launch the coaching classes in the presence of hundreds of students, schoolteachers, villagers and officials of Tata Steel.
Addressing the gathering, Keshav Ranjan, the Jharia unit head of the society, said: The seven-month coaching started at 17 different centres of Jharia (12 in Jamadoba and five in Sijua) from August 1. A total of 51 selected teachers three for each centre are imparting lessons in maths, science and English to 2,054 students of classes VIII, IX and X of all 33 leasehold villages of Tata Steel. Of the 2,054 students, 1,355 are from Jamadoba and 699 from Sijua.
He added that similar classes were held for 1,096 students of leasehold villages last year too. But the number of coaching centres was only 11 then.
Earlier in the day, Sanjay Kumar Singh, general manager of Tata Steel, Jharia division, inaugurated the programme. He shared some of his childhood experiences and called upon children to work hard to attain better results.
Singh had a word of advice for teachers, too. He asked them to groom students in such a way that they could not only clear boards, but also crack competitive exams that required application of theory rather than mere rote learning.