Dakshana 2012 IIT-JEE Results: Press Release
May 23, 2012
The Dakshana Foundation is pleased to announce that its fourth batch of JNV Dakshana Scholars came through with flying colors and did exceedingly well in the IIT-JEE 2012.
A total of 110 Dakshana Scholars were prepped for free by Dakshana for two years at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Of these 73 qualified in the IIT-JEE merit list – a 66% success rate! Dakshana’s Founder, Mohnish Pabrai, commented, "We are very pleased with these results. Now our efforts are focused on fine tuning and scaling our scholar selections and IIT-JEE preparation methodology."
For the first time, Dakshana gave preference to disabled scholars. All the toppers have either no lower limbs or severely compromised ones. Rahul Patidar, who got an All India IIT-JEE OBC PD rank of 2, hales from Mandsaur district in Madhya Pradesh. Both his parents ped out in 8th grade and eke out under $50/month in income from farming. Scheduled Caste scholar Shiv Kumar, a victim of Polio, is from Patna in Bihar. He has no lower limbs. His mother is illiterate and father is a security guard making under $200/month. We salute Rahul, Shiv and all our Dakshana scholars for their diligence and perseverance.
Our 110 scholars were intensively coached for the IIT-JEE by Dakshana’s coaching partner, T.I.M.E., at JNV Bengaluru and Hyderabad from 20010-12. This unique partnership between Dakshana, JNV and IIT-JEE institutes like TIME has been highly successful in alleviating poverty.
About 3% of the over 500,000 students who attempted the IIT-JEE were successful. Dakshana had a hit rate of 66%. “It is all the more remarkable because large swaths our scholars come from remote rural areas and the weakest sections of society with mostly illiterate parents. I am grateful to the JNV system, Dakshana’s staff, volunteers and T.I.M.E. for these incredible results. Colonel Sharma, Sharmila Pai and the Dakshana Pune team have worked very hard to make this happen. We hope to do even better in the years ahead – even as we scale up.” said Mohnish Pabrai, Dakshana’s founder.
Since Dakshana started operations in 2007, a total of 344 (out of 824) of our gifted scholars have cracked the IIT-JEE. Two out of every five Dakshana Scholars have been accepted as an
IITian. “We hope to increase this number and percentage dramatically in the years ahead.”, said Colonel Ram Sharma, Dakshana’s CEO.
The foundation has a strong relationship and Memorandum of Understanding with the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) whereby Dakshana screens and selects the most promising JNV students for intensive preparation and coaching for the IIT-JEE. The 593 JNVs nationwide graduate over 30,000 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 2012 by region has been posted on www.dakshana.org.
Since inception in 2007, Dakshana has invested nearly $4 Million towards the alleviation of poverty and leveling the playing field. Dakshana is focused on providing world-class education opportunities for exceptionally gifted children from impoverished backgrounds in India. Every Dakshana Scholar who gets a world-class education successfully breaks the shackles of poverty for his entire family - permanently.