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Northeast’s super 16 crack IIT exam
- Students want to study in Guwahati

Some of the successful candidates at the Jorhat centre on Thursday. Telegraph picture

Jorhat, June 19: Bhaskarjyoti Saikia, a resident of Jamugurihat village near Tezpur, is one among 16 candidates from the OIL Super 30 programme in Assam, to have cracked the IIT entrance exam, the results of which were announced today.

Saikia, son of a farmer who got a rank of 2048, told the media at the coaching centre in Kenduguri Bamun Gaon on the outskirts here that his extended family had celebrated his achievement though they understood very little about what “getting a seat in IIT meant”.

Apart from Saikia, Rahul Sahani from Dibrugarh got a rank of 447. Hailing from Sadiya, Sahani passed the higher secondary exam this year from Gurukul Junior College in Dibrugarh scoring 91.6 per cent. His father works in a liquor shop.

Rahul Das, who got a rank of 1740 and whose father is a farmer in Golaghat, passed the Class XII exam from Dibrugarh College this year.

Hemanti Pegu from Jonai in Dhemaji was the lone girl among the 16 to succeed.

Bharat Bhushan, senior project officer, said Jorhat had topped among the three centres in Assam in sending students to the premier institute.

“We have nine students from our Jorhat centre, four from Dibrugarh and three from Guwahati, who have cracked the IIT exam. We have also bettered our score from the previous year, when two students qualified while the year before, three of them cracked the exam,” he said.

From among the 16, three students — Gamon Ligo, Goke, Doke and Linchit Namche Thongdong — hail from interior areas of Arunachal Pradesh.

Unlike the usual trend of going outside for further studies in other states or abroad, most of these young men and women want to study in IIT Guwahati, work in the country and prepare for IAS and allied services.

The students said they had no holidays like Bihu, Durga Puja or government holidays during their preparation. “We were put through a strict regimen and festivals were celebrated in-house. Parents were allowed to visit,” Bibek Basumatary, one of the successful students, said.

Sukanya Bharadwaj, centre manager, said, “Once we came to know that the students had succeeded, we contacted their families and asked them to apply for loans for their studies.”

“While initially family members, friends and other organisations will pitch in to provide some funds, they will ultimately have to apply for loans to help their child continue the four-year course,” she said.

Bihar director-general of police Abhayanand conceptualised the Super 30 concept to provide free coaching to economically backward children for IIT and other competitive exams.