SRINAGAR: What is a record in itself and a source of inspiration for young engineering aspirants from Kashmir, 10 students from a single institute, RiSE, in Srinagar secured admissions this year to prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
More than 16 RiSE students have qualified the JEE Advanced entrance examination and out of them 10 got admission in IITs. The remaining six made it to IIITs and NITs. Adnan Iqbal, Shah Emaad, Kaisar Imtiyaz, Syed Zeeshan and Sayed Shoaib secured seats at the prestigious IIT Kharagpur. Umar Iqbal and Shah Abrar are going to IIT Bombay. Syed Wasiq and Salman Gulzar will be pursuing engineering at IIT BHU and IIT Dhanbad, respectively and Musaib Gani got an admission at his dream college, IIT Delhi.
“Despite the challenging last three years, our students have delivered unprecedented results. This is a testament to their hard work, discipline and the support of their mentors and parents,” Salman Shahid, an IIT Kharagpur alumnus and a RiSE faculty member, said.
“We are hopeful that their juniors will take inspiration from them and scale even bigger heights. Ten students from a single institute is a very significant event.”
“We started training Kashmiri kids for IITs in 2012 with the aim to increase the representation of Kashmiri students at premier institutes in IITs. Back then hardly one or two students qualified every 2-3 years and preparing for IITs from class 10th/11th was an alien concept. Now 10-15 students from Kashmir qualify every year. It took us 9 years to get here. In next five years we will have 100+ students qualifying for IITs from the valley,” another faculty member, Mubeen Masudi, an IIT Bombay alumnus, said. “We wish these students all the best for their future endeavours, at IITs they will get exposed to a diverse and rich set of opportunities.”