There’s good news for government pre-university (PU) science students, as they will now have access to free coaching to face competitive examinations such as the Common Entrance Test, National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test and Joint Entrance Examination, which are the gateways to obtain seats in professional courses.
The free classes will begin from the 2018-19 academic year in 250 PU colleges.
Sources in the Department of Pre-University Education said that these classes would be relayed online where subject experts will address students. Students can also ask their doubts at the end of the session. Every week, students will have coaching for six hours. It will be conducted for physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology.
C. Shikha, Director, Department of Pre-University Education, said the purpose of introducing the coaching was to help students, particularly those in rural areas who do not have access to good quality tutorials. She also said that the move will help improve enrolments in science sections in government colleges.
“We also hope that these classes will help more students to enrol for these competitive examinations and face them boldly,” she said. Besides students from the 250 PU colleges, students from nearby government PU colleges can also attend the classes.
The department has pegged the cost of this project at Rs. 1.95 crore. The PU department has sent the proposal to the Karnataka Examinations Authority to fund the programme.
The move has been hailed by parents and students. Madhumitha C.V., a II PU student, said: “I have not enrolled for tuitions as they are expensive. An initiative like this will help thousands of students like me who do not have access to classes. We are also glad that it will be conducted on our college premises.”
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