SRINAGAR: In what seems to be a truly remarkable feat at least 13 students from RiSE have qualified for the coveted JEE Advanced 2022. Given the difficulty of this examination and lesser awareness of IITs in Kashmir, such a result is truly remarkable. JEE Advanced is a gateway to the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs).
Teachers at RiSE say that we are really proud of our students for delivering such results. Given how uncertain the last two years were due to Covid waves and the extreme difficulty of this year’s JEE Advanced question paper – we are very happy with the results.
“Past two years have been very difficult, I often felt demotivated. However, making notes and regular revisions helped. Our teachers taught us not only what to study but also how to study. My advice to JEE aspirants is to be consistent and never lose self-confidence,” one student said. “I am just very happy right now, it feels awesome.”
Salman Shahid, a grad of IIT Kharagpur and co-founder of RiSE, said, “This is a remarkable result in the context that – when RiSE was started in 2012, every 2-3 years 1-2 students from Kashmir would make it to IITs. RISE was started with an aim of improving the representation of Kashmiri students in top universities of the World. Year after year we strive to improve these results. Over the years our students have made it to IVY leagues, IITs, BITS, AIIMS, etc”
Syed Wasiq, one of the qualified students, said, “I would say for me consistency was the reason for my selection. I used to study consistently for 4-5 hours every day & revise the syllabus every day. Regular communication blockade, lack of motivation, and sometimes not getting good marks even after preparing well were some challenges I faced constantly. But our faculty at RISE provided us with assistance whenever needed, helped us with doubts and motivated us regularly. It feels good to see Kashmiris getting selected for IIT’s. I hope that in future more Kashmiris get selected for the IIT’s.”
Over the next few days, these students will be filling their preferences in the counselling rounds and will be allocated colleges and branches as per their ranks.
Last year, in 2021, 9 of RISE’s students made it to IITs. Currently, 5 of them are studying at IIT Kharagpur, 2 at IIT Bombay, and 1 each at IIT Delhi and IIT BHU.
Speaking about low awareness around IITs & JEE Advanced Mubeen Masudi, a grad of IIT Bombay and co-founder of RISE, said, “The schools of these qualified students should invite them to speak to their juniors. Such interactive sessions will not only make students aware of IITs but also inspire the juniors”. “In a few years from now we will have 100 students from RISE making it to IITs every year”, Imbesat Ahmad, an IIT Kharagpur grad and co-founder of RISE added.