Avanti Covered in the Deccan Chronicle

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IITians help 15 poor, smart kids
The kids, called ‘Avanti fellows’, will be chosen from underprivileged backgrounds and receive two years’ free coaching for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) at the best institutes in the city.

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Students of IIT Madras will choose 15 bright sparks from schools across the city to be moulded into IITians, by offering them the right training and mentor-ship.

The kids, called ‘Avanti fellows’, will be chosen from underprivileged backgrounds and receive two years’ free coaching for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) at the best institutes in the city.

On April 14, students who have completed class X can walk into IIT Madras between 9 am and 12 noon, to write an open test to qualify for the programme.

“While every IIT has seats reserved for underprivileged students, and also funds their education, most of these seats remain vacant as these kids do not manage to get through JEE. Many of these children are intelligent, but do not join IIT as they cannot afford JEE coaching that often costs over Rs 2 lakh,” said Mr Krishna Ramkumar, ex-IITian and co-founder and CEO of the Avanti fellows programme.

The programme, launched last year by a group of IIT toppers who have given up well-paying corporate jobs to run it, has one Avanti fellow assigned to a mentor, a student of IIT with experience of cracking JEE.

“At the four top corporation schools in Chennai, we found many bright class X kids eager to pursue engineering. However, many of them had not heard of IIT. So, we subjected them to a test and chose two students to be Avanti fellows,” said Mr A.K. Arjun, a student of IIT Madras.

Five kids with family income less than `3 lakh per annum were chosen from Kendriya Vidyalayas.

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