Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Summer school admissions - Part II

Hi all,

Finally , we can now say that almost all the SSC students at our Mumbai centre have finally got their admission for STD XI.
Despite all the struggle with low percentage and family pressure, Geeta has taken admission in Science at Bhavani Shankar Junior College at Dadar. This is a college which is best example of a joint public and private sector participation, ie a joint venture between BMC and IIT-Pace academy .The BMC has tied up with a couple of IIT coaching classes to start three junior colleges this year.
While the civic body will provide the buildings, the coaching classes will run the colleges. Not only will the coaching classes prepare students for the Joint Entrance Exam to the Indian Institute of Technology, they will also hire regular staff for the college, including English and Hindi teachers. 
These will be the first colleges started by the BMC, which has hitherto only run  schools. All three colleges will offer the science stream. The colleges will be located at Vile Parle, Mulund and Dadar. One of the coaching classes, IITian’s Pace, will run the colleges at Mulund and Dadar, while the college at Vile Parle will be run by Yukti Classes. 
Each college will have 100 seats, of which 50 will be reserved for BMC school children, and the remaining 50 for students from other schools 
The fifty students from each college who are from BMC schools will be coached for the IIT-JEE free of cost. Fifty percent of their coaching fee will be borne by the coaching class and the rest will be borne by BMC
Geeta has got admission in Electrical maintenance , and the best part is that she does not have pay a single rupee as college fees and even her textbooks and all educational material will be provided free of cost.
Further no special tutorial classes as all the college professors are the ones who coach for IIT etc... excellent faculty.
Couldnt have asked for something better than this!!!
A special thanks to Pooja who had forwarded this piece of information.
Jayasundari has also got admission for General Science( Biology)at Vivek Vidyalaya ( Goregaon) which is also an aided college
Shubham and Rani and Sunita have also got through with their admissions
So for the time being we do not have to bother much on the funding of the higher education for these children!!
Initially Geeta had secured an admission at Lords Universal College at Malad , which is a private college and the annual fees was Rs 26000 for computer science.
But one silver lining was that the fees will be refunded back after a deduction of Rs 50 if the student wants to take an admission in some other college. But this has to be done before the Lords college starts with their lectures.   Geeta had to take the admission in this college else she would have been left with no other choice and lose one year. This seat was alloted to Geeta through the online system. Hence I had paid the fees on her behalf .
But later on  I went to this IIT-Pace academy and spoke to the co-ordinator and the Managing director about Geeta's case. Initially , they denied saying that her percentage was very low. But I insisted and also spoke about the work that we as an NGO are doing.
The MD immediately agreed and asked Geeta to join college from 7th Aug onwards. 
and now she is regularly attending the classes... and most importantly she is very happy with the studious environment around.
and Rs 26000 paid has been refunded back from the Lords college as Geeta has cancelled her admission there , so that solves all the problems of funding or looking for sponsorers.
PS: You can find the history of this great effort by our volunteers in this link

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