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Super talent

While headlines lament the percentage drop in JEE qualifiers for IIT, what one tends to overlook is that enough numbers have qualified to fill the elite institution network and the entrants have made it purely on merit without relying on any grace marks. When it comes to elite institutions, merit has to be prized over numbers and if there is still a gaping hole between expectation and reality then we need to go back to school teaching modules that should become more application-based so that more can score on reasoning-based tests. However, a quick assessment of toppers shows that talent is sprouting in middle India and even two physically challenged candidates have made themselves count on the achievers' list for the first time.

Twenty-six out of 30 students from Bihar’s Super 30 academy have cracked the winning formula and though founder Anand Kumar has Hritik Roshan embodying him on celluloid, his wards from underprivileged backgrounds have indeed lionised him. Over the past 16 years, Kumar has groomed students providing food, accommodation and mentoring and around 500 from the institute have qualified for IITs.  Five toppers this year are from Kota. A girl has made it to the hot list and though there are fewer girls still and the number needs to improve drastically, the JEE Advanced test has thrown up much to cheer about.

 
 
 
 
 

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