In a fiercely competitive environment, lakhs of students toil to make it to the most coveted institutions in order to pursue India’s ever popular career choices- medicine, engineering and law. Helping aspirants gain the knowledge, edge and confidence to make it through gruelling examinations such as NEET (National Eligibility and,In a fiercely competitive environment, lakhs of students toil to make it to the most coveted institutions in order to pursue India’s ever popular career choices- medicine, engineering and law. Helping aspirants gain the knowledge, edge and confidence to make it through gruelling examinations such as NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Test), CLAT (Common Law Admission Test), JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) and more, as well as subsequent rounds of testing, are coaching institutes, a silently booming industry. And so thorough are these centres in their preparatory curriculum that they’re breaking records and creating winners. ALLEN Career Institute, for instance, recently made it to the Limca Book of Records for being the institute that trained top 10 All-India positions in the MBBS entrance examination for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), 2017. Today, coaching institutes engage students in more than mere entrance exams-there are courses for Olympiads, board examinations and more to churn out well-rounded contestants to dominate India’s job market. What’s the story behind these stepping stones to success, which are the ones to choose and what do their course structures look like?Allen Career InstituteKota, RajasthanThe big difference: The institute has a faculty feedback system and doubt removal counters for regular and constant interaction between students and faculty; Website www.allen.ac.inStarted in 1988, with eight students, ALLEN Career Institute has become one of the leading coaching hubs, providing coaching for all science subjects under one roof. “Today, with a strength of more than 6,300 members including 350 IITians and 70 doctors, it offers coaching to future engineers and doctors,” says Rajesh Maheshwari, Director. The institute offers training for various entrance exams such as Joint Entrance Examination (JEEMain and Advanced), Birla Institute of Technology and Science Aptitude Test (BITSAT) and other pre-engineering exams along with national and international olympiads; All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) MBBS entrance examination, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG). “Along with the school curriculum, it also prepares students of Classes 6 to 10 for various national, government and private olympiads such as National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) and Junior Science Olympiad (JSO) to name a few,” says Maheshwari.advertisementBy Asmita BakshiT.I.M.E (Triumpant Institute of Management Education)HyderabadPhoto: Chandradeep Kumar USP: Through T.I.M.E’s campus recruitment training, students are trained in aptitude tests and communication skills for campus placements; Website www.time4education.comEstablished in 1992, T.I.M.E has a pan-India presence with about 248 centres. The institute is one of the most preferred options for those preparing for national as well as international-level managment competitive exams such as Common Admission Test (CAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), besides bank exams, engineering and other entrances. “As students come to us with a certain target in mind, the institute primarily focuses on basics and upgrading their skills, helping them in attempting the papers. Multiple mock tests are conducted frequently which help students in developing concepts and increasing speed,” says Ankur Jain, Chief Knowledge Officer. Training a maximum of 40 students at a time, the institute also provides individual sessions. To cope with stress during preparations, T.I.M.E also organises counselling and motivational sessions for its students.By Mrini DevnaniVidyamandir ClassesDelhi What’s new: From this year onwards, VMC will offer coaching for medical entrance exams as well; Website www.vidyamandir.comWith 40 centres across India, Vidyamandir Classes (VMC), started in 1986 in Delhi, and is today known for JEE preparatory tests. “VMC ‘s unique pedagogy includes extensive classroom sessions, comprehensive and integrated study material, learning through discussions, and test and assessment system based on national-level benchmarking. Our lectures and tests are designed to ensure balance between comfort and concentration, ensuring high levels of efficiency in learning,” says Brij Mohan Gupta, one of the founders. Students are given chapter tests, JEE Main (mock), and JEE Advanced (mock), held at regular intervals, simulating the pattern and timing, conducted at multiple test centres, providing a real exam-like experience. Classes are held two to three days a week, stretching for a maximum of four hours, giving students sufficient time for self-study. Students are admitted through admission tests, conducted three to four times a year.By Harshita DasResonanceKota, Rajasthan Take a note: For academic year 2017-18, more than 99,000 students enrolled across 50 centres in the country; Website www.resonance.ac.inFounded in 2001, Resonance is one of the reputed coaching institutes in the country, with the existence of 50 centres in India. Offering year-long preparatory classroom programmes for engineering, medical, law and other competitive exams, the institute has trained a number of students since its inception. It has adopted application-based conceptual teaching process, pattern-based exmainations, periodic testing and assessment system, and conducts personalised doubt clearing classes. “There is a rigorous system of recruitment for the faculty which includes a written test, personal interview and demonstration leacture,” says R K Verma, Managing Director and Founder. With nine to 18 lecture sessions weekly, Resonance has student-centric, well-researched academic programmes, with a comprehensive syllabus, along with distance learning and e-learning courses, making the curriculum widely accessible.advertisementBy Asmita BakshiVibrant AcademyKota, Rajasthan Out-of-the-box: The curriculum prepares students for board exams as well as JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) Main and Advanced; Website www.vibrantacademy.comVibrant Academy was established in 2009 with a vision to facilitate each JEE aspirant with the highest level of expertise to achieve success. With five centres at present, the admission is based on selection-cum-scholarship exam, where a maximum of 100 students are admitted. “Students are trained for various patterns of exams-online as well offline,” says Mahendra Singh Chouhan, one of the directors. The teaching-learning method includes theory classes, regular tests and assignments, doubt removal sessions with each session extending to maximum of 90 minutes. Practical sessions are also conducted to prepare students for their board exams. Besides teaching, the institute organises recreational activities for students including outdoor sports and indoor games.By Harshita DasFIITJEEDelhiPhoto: Chandradeep Kumar What’s different: The institute discourages rote learning and emphasises the art of applying analytical and reasoning skills while preparing for exams; Website www.fiitjee.coStarted out of a small room in south of Delhi in 1992, FIITJEE today is present in more than 30 cities and 70 centres across India. With a vision to provide a launch pad for serious JEE aspirants, the institute equips students to deal with problems in life, opens up their mind to a parallel thinking process and instills confidence in them to take on exams with ease and less stress. There is an optimum batch size of not more than 20 to 24 students which helps in student-faculty interaction and frequent discussions. Periodic tests to evaluate the performance of students, computer-based teaching methodology, and an extensively researched study material offers students an edge over others. R L Trikha, Director, FIITJEE, says, “Our study material is pattern proof irrespective of the exam pattern and this prepares students to attempt all sets of questions before they actually sit for their real exam.” With the option of regular and weekend batches, students are given admission for coaching based on an aptitude and subject test.By Shelly AnandAakash InstituteDelhi Class apart: It has its own tablet-based learning programme called Aakash iTutor. In 2016, the institute also started Aakash Live, a live teaching module that disseminates teaching via virtual classrooms; Website www.aakaash.ac.inIntegrated teaching methodologies followed by periodical upgradation of the study material, and result-oriented mentoring of students, is perhaps what makes Aakash Institute one of the most preferred choices for coaching, when preparing for competitive exams such as medical and engineering. Started in 1988 in Delhi, it has a student base of around 1.5 lakh per year over several centres across India, where the focus is on conceptual and application-based learning. According to Aakash Chaudhary, Director, Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESPL), “Students are offered a conducive learning environment and are provided with programmes that lead to acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their goals. In order to monitor and assess the progress made by students undergoing coaching, they are evaluated periodically as well as subject-wise.” The test modules comprise fortnightly, chapter-wise and combined tests to improve capability and capacity of students. 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The scope of work included the installation of pedestrian crossings, rumble strips, signage, bus lay-bys and sidewalls and paving of sidewalks, along with bushing and painting of school environs. The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is urging a continuation of the collective efforts to safeguard the nation’s children, which were evident during Labour Day activities on May 23. Story Highlights This year’s engagements, which were organised under the theme ‘Child Safety…It’s You, It’s Me, It’s All ah We’, were geared towards ensuring children’s safety as they travel to and from school, among other places. The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is urging a continuation of the collective efforts to safeguard the nation’s children, which were evident during Labour Day activities on May 23.This year’s engagements, which were organised under the theme ‘Child Safety…It’s You, It’s Me, It’s All ah We’, were geared towards ensuring children’s safety as they travel to and from school, among other places.The scope of work included the installation of pedestrian crossings, rumble strips, signage, bus lay-bys and sidewalls and paving of sidewalks, along with bushing and painting of school environs.In an interview with JIS News at the Papine High School in St Andrew, one of four national Labour Day projects, NRSC Vice Chairman, Dr. Lucien Jones, said everyone in Jamaica should prioritise road safety.“Last year, for the very first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that road traffic injuries were the leading cause of deaths in the age cohort, five to 29 years. It means that the international agencies of the United Nations are all focused on making sure that we drive down road traffic injuries in all the countries, whether developing or developed countries,” he said.Dr. Jones said the NRSC has, so far, recorded 171 road deaths, of which 11 are children.“So I believe that this [focus on children’s safeguards] has come at an opportune time, whereby the Government, through its various agencies, is mobilising the whole country to begin to take road safety much more [seriously],” he said.Dr. Jones said the NRSC welcomed the opportunity to participate in Thursday’s activities and expressed the hope that the focus will not only be on Labour Day, “but for the rest of the year, because the way the trend is going now… we are going to go over 400 for this year, and we can’t allow that”.He assured that the Council will continue to collaborate with all agencies to ensure that “we make a dent in the number of children and adults who are dying on our roads”.