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NGO to set up coaching centres in Punjab villages

Written by: Staff

Chandigarh, Mar 5 (UNI) To uplift the quality and level of education in rural areas of Punjab, Gyan Sewa, an NGO has launched Rural Talent Project (RTP) to provide the same access to educational resources as in big cities.

Founder member of the NGO, HS Phoolka, a senior advocate, Supreme Court, said that under the project, coaching centres would be set up in villages to prepare students for competing in the entrance examinations for professional courses, such as Medicine, Engineering, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Architecture.

He said that in big cities, there had been proliferation of coaching centres, but students from villages, who did not have access to these coaching classes lagged behind. Despite the rural students being intelligent, lack of access to proper resources made them the ultimate sufferers.

Mr Phoolka informed that RTP planned to take the best education from Delhi directly to villages in Punjab. The idea was to identify talent amongst rural youth and promote them to excel in life. With this objective, a resource centre was being set up in Delhi to provide the course material and for training teachers of the coaching centres in villages.

He said the classes would commence in April or May this year from educationally backward areas like Bathinda, Sangrur and Barnala.

Other founder members of the NGO are Patwant Singh, eminent writer and journalist, Dr GS Grewal, senior vice president of Delhi state of Indian Medical Association (Delhi Chapter), Dr Raghbir Singh Basi, Professor of Economics, retired from Alaska University, USA and founder of Village Life Improvement Program, which is developing modern villages in Punjab, Avtar Singh Dhindsa, Director State Bank of Patiala, advisor to NABARD and Dr Maninder Kaur Phoolka, former senior general manager and chief of R&D of Modern Food Industries India Limited.

About the structure of coaching centres, Mr Phoolka said five subject tutors, one each for Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English would be hired. The Centre would be open for 3-4 hours a day depending upon the number of students. The coaching centre would run in any of the school premises and would use the classroom and furniture of the school, he said.

Mr Phoolka said the subject experts would prepare the lessons and assignments and hand over the same to the tutors in coaching centres. The experts would hold initial training programmes for tutors, who would be hired for the coaching centres for a duration of one to two weeks. Each month, a refresher workshop of the tutors would be held. Before preparing the lessons and assignments, the experts would first interact with the tutors and students to see the level of the tutors and students and then prepare the lessons in such a manner, which the tutors can grasp and teach the students.


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