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Ex-IITians Offer Poor Kids Free Coaching For Entrance Exams

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 05 December 2012, 10:04 Hrs   |    2 Comments
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Bangalore: Ex-IIT students Akshay Saxena and Krishna Ramkumar left their high paying corporate jobs in order to help students from economically weaker families achieve their dreams. With the help of their organization Avanti, they help students from poor families in remote areas prepare for engineering and medical entrance exams for free, reports Jaimon Joseph for CNN-IBN.

Raj Kumar has studied only up to class 10 and he sells vegetables for a living. Raj Kumar's son Nikhil Kumar is 15 and he studies in class 11. He wishes to become a doctor. He says "I want to become a doctor. They get a lot of respect," as reported by IBN Live.

Nikhil is learning in a government school for outstanding students. But since clearing medical entrance exam needs special coaching, which his father couldn't afford, Avanti is at his rescue.

Akshay, one of two founders of Avanti was quoted saying "We are in seven cities - Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kanpur, Dehradun, Rourkee, Puducherry. We have student chapters in Delhi and Mumbai, we work through them. In these chapters, there are 200 to 250 volunteers working on Avanti," as reported by IBN Live.

With the help of a group of former and current students from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), the organization identifies bright students from poor families and helps them prepare for engineering and medical entrance exams.

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Reader's comments(2)
1: I believe that the disruptive, and extremely cost-effectiveapproach that Akshay and Krishna are taking not only spurs the chances they can get into college, as already demonstrated, but also supports critical thinking, self-organizing and collaborative skills - key to a 21 century education anywhere.... Kudos.... was honored to meet Akshay and to support their work in small ways. Thank you Renaissance Weekend hosts for facilitating so many serendipitous connections, including this one
Posted by:Kare Anderson - 05 Dec, 2012
2: great job by Akshay and Krishna
Posted by:ram - 05 Dec, 2012