Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Coaching Industry

The average private institute that trains students for IIT-JEE demands anything between Rs 40,000 and Rs 50,000. And this doesn't include the cost of study material. The fees maybe higher for 'crash' course.The total number of students who appeared for the IIT-JEE this year was 2,43,029 of which 7,209 are eligible to seek admission to 5,537 seats in IITs at Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Chennai and Roorkee.Some institutes also conduct motivational workshops apart from regular classes. As many as 2,10,318 candidates had registered for the preliminary examination of CBSE All India Pre-Medical 2007,out of which 17,135 had qualified for the final examination.Stiff competition in competitive exams creates a platform for these institutes to attract students through advertisement in media or by distributing pamphlets.Medical coaching classes charge anything between Rs 50,000 and Rs 60,000 for the eight-month course and also provide instalment facility. The coaching industry has become highly professional and corporate, many of them operated by IIT graduates. Services of retired IIT professors and even current IIT students are roped in for hefty compensation.There are at least eight big players in the organised sector like career launcher, IMS, TIME, Brilliant Tutorials, FITJEE, Pie Education, Vajiram and Ravi, Rau's Education, Akash Institute.A few cities have become famous for such coaching centres like Kota of Rajasthan, Patna for Alok Kumar's 'Super 30', Pune, especially for civil services, etc. Students often shift to these cities for some time so that they feel at home and concentrate solely on studies. These institutes even provide associated boarding, lodging and shopping facilities.

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