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Bureaucrat to gift free IIT dream

- Techie-turned-IAS with a yen for numbers to coach poor kids sans fee

Charity may begin at home, but you can’t hide your light under a bushel.

South Chotanagpur commissioner K.K. Khandelwal, an 1988 batch IAS officer who is also the officiating vice chancellor of Birsa Agricultural University, recently shepherded three of his young relatives — two sons and a nephew — to get through IIT entrance exams.

As the news spread, Adhunik Group contacted Khandelwal to groom 25 deserving students from the state for IIT-JEE free of cost.

It sounds a lot like the Super 30 programme that Patna-based maths whiz Anand Kumar started way back in 2002. Though Khandelwal is a senior bureaucrat, he also confesses to having a passion for teaching.

“I am an IITian myself. I studied electrical engineering from IIT-Kharagpur and kept myself abreast of the latest developments in maths and physics,” Khandelwal said at his Kanke Road residence. “Coaching my two sons Ankur and Anupam and nephew Aniket for IIT, and that too successfully, was a rewarding experience,” he said.

Last year, Khandelwal’s younger son Anupam bagged 9th rank and his nephew Aniket 56th rank in the coveted entrance. They are both studying computer engineering in IIT-Delhi. In 2011, Khandelwal’s elder son Ankur got 570 in JEE and is now studying mechanical engineering, also in IIT-Delhi.

“They all prepared for the IIT under my guidance,” says the bureaucrat who himself bagged All-India Rank 52 in IIT-JEE in 1981. “And now, I am gearing up to take a bigger responsibility.”

So, a batch of 25 students will be selected by a test likely to be conducted in Ranchi by the last week of August. Classes are expected to begin from September. Those selected will be youngsters who have cleared their matriculation in 2014 and will appear for the IIT entrance in 2017. The entire initiative is a part of Adhunik Group’s CSR activities.

“I love teaching. And, I will teach these youngsters physics and mathematics on holidays and in the evening after my official work. You can say this is my exam in a way,” he laughed.

What gives him confidence is the fact that his sons and nephew easily cracked the prestigious entrance banking on his tutoring. “I came to know that 112 out of 120 scored by son Anupam last year in the IIT entrance was the country’s highest,” he said. “I must be on the right track.”

Contacted, executive director (corporate affairs and business development) of Adhunik Group A. Prasad confirmed roping in Khandelwal for IIT coaching.

“We want to give needy and deserving students a chance to hone their potential. The purpose of the exercise is to impart proper education to the talented students of the state free of cost.”

Khandelwal himself knows what it is like to dream big. As a teenager, he scored “poor marks in matric”. “But despite that, I was the first to clear IIT from Giridih district,” he said.

Do you know of any offbeat IIT entrance coach? Tell ttkhand@abpmail.com


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