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I-Desire to help you crack IIT-JEE

Written by: Staff

Patna, June 11: Its a good news to economically backward students in Patna who wish to get through IIT-JEE. Here is a helping hand for them. I-Desire, an initiative by a group of former IITians of Bihar reachout to the students who can't make it to IIT just because they are poor. They coach underprivileged students and provide themstudy material.

More than 15 students from underprivileged families made it to IIT with the help to I-Desire. The former IITians have been funding I-Desire, which provides free coaching for a year and counselling by IITians, explained Grijesh Jha, coordinator of I-Desire and a former student of IIT Kanpur. "As many as 16 of the 35 boys selected by us cracked the IIT exam this year," Mr Jha said.

"I-Desire, a brainchild of Sushil Kumar, another IIT Kanpur product, was set up three years ago to provide help and support IIT aspirants from the weaker sections of the society in Bihar. Mr Kumar, who hails from Patna, is currently working for a multinational company in Chicago," said Mr Jha.

The project was started in memory of murdered engineer Satyendra Dubey, who blew the whistle of corruption in the national highways project in Bihar. IIT engineer Mr Dubey, who worked on the Bihar section of the national highways project in Gaya district, was allegedly killed for writing to the Prime Minister's Office on corruption in the project. He was shot dead in Gaya town, about 100 km from Patna, on November 27, 2003.

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