Nine students from Kashmir have cleared the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced through the Army’s Super-40 coaching initiative this year.
An army spokesman said that the Kashmir Super-40 initiative for coaching youths of the state has broken all previous records. “The success achieved this year was overwhelming, with nine getting through. Twenty-eight students, including two girls, had previously qualified in the JEE Main, the first step of the selection process, in April 2017,” he added.
The official said 24 successful Kashmir Super 40 students interacted with the chief of army staff General Bipin Rawat at the Army headquarters in Delhi on June 13. They thanked the army for shaping their careers despite the challenges facing them in the Valley, he added.
The army chief praised the courage and commitment of these students, and urged them to motivate the Kashmiri youth to shun violence and contribute in nation-building activities.
“He promised to help the Kashmiri youth fulfil their dream of achieving a bright future,” the spokesman said.
The ‘Kashmir Super-40’ coaching programme has been conducted by the Army in collaboration with the Centre for Social Responsibility and Learning (CSRL) and Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL) since 2013. “This programme provides a platform for the underprivileged but talented students of the state to compete at the national level. The 40 students selected from the state are provided with 11 months of free lodging and classes at zero cost,” the spokesperson said.
The Centre aims to surpass this year’s success in 2018 with an enhanced batch strength of 50.