Money should not come in the way of education, believes Kolhan University.
The varsity has decided to introduce free coaching classes for students belonging to backward communities to help them appear for competitive examinations like UPSC, JPSC, NET and SET.
According to university officials, such remedial coaching, supported by both the state government and University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, will be offered to SC, ST and OBC students at different colleges under the varsity.
The colleges, which will introduce this coaching class, will get funds of up to Rs 4 lakh from the UGC for running the free study centres for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Pro-vice chancellor of Kolhan University Shukla Mahanty said they would soon write to the state HRD development and the UGC for starting classes at the earliest.
“The main aim is to get jobs for students. There are many who prefer government jobs to private ones. But to get a government job, one needs to crack competitive exams for which special coaching is required. These students cannot afford private tuition and hence, our initiative will largely help them,” said Mahanty.
Classes will be held after college hours so that the regular curriculum is not disturbed.
The main objective will be to improve academic skills and linguistic proficiency of students, raise comprehension levels of basic subjects and build a stronger foundation for further academic work.