Guwahati, March 21: The All Assam Publishers’ and Book Sellers’ Association, which holds the largest book fair in the Northeast, will help students from economically backward families to crack entrance examinations for national-level engineering and medical courses.
The association has joined hands with Edugenie — a social enterprise founded by the alumni of IIT Guwahati — and a group of selected experts of the state and launched their programme, Achievers’ Hub, to train students for entrance examinations for reputed institutions like IITs and AIIMS.
The secretary of the association, Dhiraj Goswami, said though the city has many coaching centres, an insignificant number of students succeed in cracking these entrance examinations.
“These coaching centres are too expensive for students from economically backward families. That is why we have decided to come forward. We will provide 100 per cent scholarship to 30 per cent students and the rest will be charged a nominal fee. Our aim is to help students and not to make money,” he said.
Goswami said they had been inspired by Anand Kumar of Super 30 fame from Bihar who visited the North East Book Fair, organised by the association, in January and interacted with the people. “We requested Kumar to start his programme in Assam. He requested us to make the beginning and promised to keep visiting Achievers’ Hub,” he said.
Anand Kumar has been training talented students from economically backward families for competitive examinations for IITs for a nominal fee. More than 90 per cent students whom he trains make their way into various IITs.
Goswami said they would train upto 100 students in Guwahati.
Edugenie has designed the methodology and models.
Goswami said while designing the methodology, care has been taken to ensure that students do not undergo problems because of the changing pattern of the entrance examinations.
He said they were planning to start their course from March 24 and the students would be admitted after a screening test. He said students could contact them at 9613851393 and 9864063968.