Strong Showing by JNV Dakshana Scholars at IIT-JEE 2010!! 90 Scholars qualified in the IIT-JEE in their first attempt and are on the Merit List!
May 27, 2010
Dakshana’s Topper, T. Ashok Kumar, secures an IIT_JEE All-India rank of 63!
An Additional 31 Dakshana Scholars were successful in their 2nd IIT-JEE attempt and are on the Merit List. 121 Dakshana Scholars accepted by IIT in 2010!
The Dakshana Foundation is pleased to announce that its second batch of JNV Dakshana Scholars came through with flying colors and did exceeding well in the IIT-JEE 2010.
A total of 293 Dakshana Scholars were prepped for free by Dakshana for two years. Of these 90 qualified in the IIT-JEE merit list. Last year, Dakshana’s first batch of scholars took the IIT-JEE and 75 (out of 350) scholars cracked the IIT-JEE – a success rate of 21%. This year that success rate has increased to 31%.
Dakshana’s topper was T. Ashok Kumar from Ranga Reddy district in Andhra Pradesh. Ashok secured an IIT-JEE All-India rank of 63. Ashok Kumar’s father is tailor with typical monthly income of under Rs. 3000 ($64). Ashok was intensively coached for the IIT-JEE by Dakshana’s coaching partner, TIME, at JNV Bangalore Urban from 2008-10. For the first time, Dakshana had three students in the Top 500 IIT-JEE ranks:
1. T. Ashok Kumar, Ranga Reddy, Andhra Pradesh - IIT-JEE All India Rank 63
2. Rajiv Krishna Omar, Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh - IIT-JEE All India Rank 87
3. Shriman Narayan Tiwari, Raipur, Chhattisgarh – IIT-JEE All India Rank 455
Less than 3% of the nearly 500,000 students who attempted the IIT-JEE were successful. Dakshana had a hit rate of 31% - with 90 of the 293 scholars being selected. “It is all the more remarkable because we are still very new at all this. I am grateful to the JNV system, Dakshana’s staff, volunteers and IIT-JEE coaching service provider partners for these incredible results. We had many shortcomings and we hope to do even better in the years ahead,” said Mohnish Pabrai, Dakshana’s founder.
The 31 scholars who re-took the IIT-JEE did not get any additional support from Dakshana or the JNV system for their 2nd attempt. They did, however, have the benefit of 2-years of intensive IIT-JEE coaching provided free of cost in partnership with the JNV system for their first attempt. We are excited about their results – it further demonstrates the hidden talent among Dakshana Scholars.
Dakshana is a charitable foundation that began operations in India in 2007. The foundation has a strong relationship and Memorandum of Understanding with the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya system (JNVs) whereby Dakshana screens and selects the most promising JNV students for intensive preparation and coaching for the IIT-JEE. The 500+ JNVs nationwide graduate over 25,000 students every year.
Historically, only a small handful of have made it to IIT. The Dakshana-JNV partnership is all about creating a level playing field where brilliant students from rural, impoverished families can reach their full potential.
A list of Dakshana Scholars who qualified in the IIT-JEE by region will be posted on shortly.
Dakshana was founded (and mostly funded) by Mr. Mohnish Pabrai and his spouse, Ms. Harina Kapoor. Dakshana is focused on providing world-class education opportunities for exceptionally gifted children from impoverished rural backgrounds in India. Every Dakshana Scholar who gets a world-class education successfully breaks the shackles of poverty for his entire family - permanently.