How Delhi Govt's Free Coaching Scheme Helped The Son Of A Tailor Join IIT

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to twitter to congratulate Vijay Kumar, son of a tailor, for making into the prestigious IITs.

Earlier this week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to twitter to congratulate Vijay Kumar, son of a tailor, for making into the prestigious IITs. “Vijay Kumar’s father is a tailor, his mother is a homemaker. I am feeling happy to announce that he has got admission in IIT after the Delhi government provided free coaching to him. This was Baba Saheb’s (BR Ambedkar) vision which is being fulfilled by Delhi,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted on Monday.

Later, he also expressed his happiness that Vinay and his son will study together at IITs.

“I am very happy that my son and his son will study in IIT at the same time. There has been a tradition that the son of a poor man remains poor in the absence of good education. By providing quality education and training, we are bridging the gap that exists between the poor and the rich,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

Kejriwal’s son Pulkit scored an impressive 96.4 per cent in the CBSE Class 12 examination earlier this year. In 2014, his daughter, Harshita Kejriwal, had also scored 96 per cent in her Class 12 CBSE examination. Later, she cleared IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).

What’s This Free Coaching Scheme About

Under the ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana’, the state government pays an empanelled private coaching centre fee for the student for a period of four months. The fees that is paid from the government’s end is up to Rs. 40,000. Besides, each student is also given a monthly stipend of Rs. 2,500 for travelling and buying study material. Free coaching is also provided to those preparing for various exams conducted by the UPSC, DSSSB, SSC, Railway Recruitment Board and examinations of officers grade conducted by banks and insurance companies and for medicine and engineering. Around 4,953 students had enrolled in the first batch of this scheme.



How It Has Benefitted Students

During 2018-19, nearly 35 students who took received the free coaching qualified for the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), said the governmet. “From these 35 students, 13 qualified in JEE MAIN and 22 in NEET. Till date, four students have secured admission in IIT-Delhi, NSUT Delhi, NIT Delhi and BAMS, BHU,” said social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam.

Now Delhi Govt Is Planning To Expand Its Ambit

Encouraged by its success, the Delhi government is planning to expand the ambit of the free entrance coaching programme. The maximum coaching fee that would be paid from the Delhi government’s side for each enrolled student is proposed to be increased from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 1.5 lakh. The duration of the coaching will also be extended from four months to ten months, said the government.