Vijayawada

‘Super 100’ for poor Kapu students to crack IIT-JEE

A.P. Govt. move seen as bid to soothe ruffled feathers

In what is seen as an attempt to soothe the ruffled feathers of the Kapu community which has kept the reservation issue on the boil by a series of agitations seeking a BC (Backward Classes) status, the Andhra Pradesh Government is set to launch ‘Super 100’, an education programme for economically poor students of the community.

“Super 100’ will be a replication of ‘Super 30’, a highly successful academic programme implemented for under-privileged students in Bihar. Sources said the Kapu Corporation would sign an MoU in a few days with the Bihar-based Abhayanand Super 30, to help financially poor Kapu students crack IIT-JEE.

Former DGP of Bihar Abhayanand conceptualised ‘Super 30’, a free tutorial to coach 30 bright youngsters from underprivileged families of rural Bihar for theIIT entrance test.

The idea was to give an opportunity to talented children from poor families to compete with the more privileged ones for the IIT Joint Entrance Examination. Students for this programme were selected through a competitive exam and those selected had to live at one place and prepare for the IIT-JEE under the academic mentorship of Mr. Abhayanand.

He started it in 2003 when 18 children qualified for the entrance test and then subsequently 22 in 2004, 26 in 2005, 28 in 2006, 30 in 2007 and 30 again in 2008.

In IIT-JEE (Mains) 2016, as many as 402 students from different centres affiliated to Mr. Abhayanand’s ‘Super 30’ qualified for the entrance test.

Institute in Vijayawada

The AP coaching institute will be set up in Vijayawada this academic year and experts from IITs will be brought in to train the local students. Under ‘Super 100’, the Government will provide the beneficiaries free food, accommodation and coaching.

The Kapu Corporation has also signed an MoU with Andhra Bank for implementation of an overseas education scheme for students of this community.

Under this, the Government will grant a subsidy of Rs. 10 lakh while the balance amount of Rs. 10 lakh will be sanctioned towards loan by the Bank as part of the agreement.

Mudragada’s criticism

Kapu leader Mudragada Padmanabham has accused Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu of going back on his promise to include Kapus in the BC list, an assurance that fetched him the votes of the community and brought him to power in the 2014 elections.

He has been threatening to intensify the agitation if the community demands were not met immediately.

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