Road to IIT

Saood-Ibni-Nazir toiled hard for two years in a coaching centre in Kota, Rajastan to fulfill his aim of qualifying for the IIT. This year, he accomplished his aim. Mir Iqbal reports.

After two years of hard work in a coaching academy in Kota, Rajasthan, Saood-Ibni-Nazir, who hails from Shopian district, qualified the IITJEE exam for admission to IIT this year. He secured the 4293rd rank in the nation-wide entrance test.

Saood qualified cleared the national entrance exam in his second attempt. Even though he qualified the AIEEE exam for admission into NIT, after the failed first attempt for IIT, he kept his sight set on his aim.

“I went Kota not to qualify AIEEE but my target was IIT-JEE entrance,” he says. Saood braved harsh climate and studied hard in temperatures that soared above 45 degrees at Kota. “During these two years, I visited Kashmir only twice,” he says.

Saood did his basic schooling from his hometown in Shopian. When his family moved to settle in Bagh-e-Mehtab in 2005, he enrolled in Delhi Public School (DPS), Srinagar.

“To qualify exams like IITJEE, you have to start preparing quite early,” says Saood. This is exactly what he did when he passed his matriculation examination. He moved outside Kashmir, and enrolled for 11th class in Shiv Jyoti Senior Secondary School at Kota district under Rajasthan Board.

“I did not give much attention to studies for 11th and 12th class syllabus. More emphasis was on preparing for IIT,” he says. For the IIT preparation, he spent most of his time taking coaching classes at Vibrant Academy-a Kota based coaching centre.

“The two year preparation there was full of hard work and hardships, but I had made up my mind to accept this challenge,” he says.

But his decision of moving out of home was not easy. Saood had to face resistance at home. “Except for my father all my family members opposed my decision to study outside the valley,” he says. However, he persisted and he was able to convince his parents that this would be in his best interest.

Saood says that the key to qualify the IIT exam is simply hard work, dedication and punctuality in studies. He wants the IIT aspirants from the valley to work hard, have faith in their abilities, and never be discouraged or lose hope.  “Here in Kashmir even your peers sometimes discourage you, but I was never afraid of this,” he says. “I took the exam as a challenge and worked hard day and night to achieve this success,” he adds. “Ultimately hard work pays.”

Saood believes that the coaching centres in the valley fail to provide quality training required to crack national level exams like JEE. “Here coaching centers are without infrastructure and hundreds of students sit in a single classroom, which in fact can accommodate only few students at a time,” he says.
He says that the government also does not have any procedure for the registration of these coaching centres. “The result is that they can not be standardized and brought at par with the coaching centres outside the valley,” he says.

“Students here can not even question their tutors as there is always a huge crowd in coaching centres here,” he says, adding that the tutors also can not properly focus on each student. “The chaos at the coaching centres here adds to the confusion of students who fail to grasp the basic concepts of the subjects taught in these centres,” he adds.

The teachers in the valley, he says, need to put in more efforts and contribute to the society by imparting quality training at the coaching centres. “Here coaching centers are run as business centers,” he says. He feels that the teachers outside Kashmir are more dedicated, hardworking and honest. “They are always well prepared for their lectures and more focused towards their students,” he says.

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