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Grant for poor JEE aspirants

Poor students aspiring to become engineers have got a helping hand with a popular coaching centre announcing scholarships for deprived but meritorious candidates in the steel city.

Prerna Classes — one of the coaching centres that prepare students for JEE and AIPMT — launched Prerna Jubilee Scholarship on Tuesday as part of its silver jubilee celebrations this year.

Under the initiative, 28 aspiring engineers will be given discounts ranging from 50 per cent to 90 per cent on fees of various courses that the centre offers to students of Classes IX to XII.

Ten seats will be set aside for poor students in “Aspire”, a two-year course designed for Class XI students, while “Small Steps”, meant for Classes IX and X, will have eight quotas for the beneficiaries. Likewise, six Class XII passouts will get discounts in “Swift”, while “Aspire-I”, a one-year course for Class XII students, and Triumph, a two-year programme for Class XI students, will have two seats each reserved for needy candidates.

“The objective is to help those meritorious children who have the aptitude and interest to become engineers but cannot afford to go to a good coaching institute for proper guidance,” said Pramod Dubey, one of the directors of Prerna Classes.

He added that there had been instances where students from modest backgrounds performed well in board exams and JEE. “Our resources will not allow us to help all of them. So, we will select some of them through a test. However, we will also take into account other factors like their financial condition etc while offering the scholarship,” added Dubey.

Interested students can submit application forms till June 15.