Jorhat, April 28: It's a proud moment for Assam.
Nilotpal Chakraborty, a resident of Ramraykutir in Dhubri district, secured the highest marks among the 12 Super 30 centres, who appeared for the Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) mains on April 3, 2016.
He had appeared for the exam from the Jorhat centre of Super 30 at No. 2 Bamun Gaon in Kenduguri, about 10km to the east of the town.
The Super 30 project, mentored by Abhayanand, former DGP, Bihar, picks up 30 underprivileged students, mostly from government colleges and Jawahar Navodaya Vidya-layas, for each Super 30 centre, and gives them an 11-month coaching free of cost so that they can compete for a seat in an IIT or an NIT, apart from the state exam and other entrance tests.
In the Northeast, Oil India Limit sponsors four such facilities, three in Assam - Guwahati, Jorhat and Dibrugarh and one in Itanagar - Arunachal Pradesh. Another facility sponsored by OIL is in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
In the JEE mains results, which were declared yesterday, Nilotpal, the son of a farmer in Dhubri, scored 262 of 360 in the general category, the cut-off mark for which is 100 this year.
Sukanya Bharadwaj, an official of the Jorhat centre, said from the Jorhat centre, 23 others had made it to JEE advance to be held on May 22, from the Dibrugarh centre 27, from Guwahati 23 and 18 from Itanagar.
The highest scored in the Guwhati centre is 142 and from the Dibrugarh centre 148.
Bharat Bhushan, senior project officer, said Super 30 helped underprivileged students to realise their dreams.
Bhushan said of the 23 who had qualified last for advance from the Jorhat centre, seven had achieved a seat in an IIT and 12 had been admitted to one or other of the NITs, the rest got into the state engineering colleges or Tezpur Central University.