8 August, 2015, Bangalore: 53 National Means-Cum-Merit Scholarship (NMMS) exam rank holders from government and aided schools were felicitated by D4A Education Foundation on Saturday at Kamala Nehru High school, Basavangudi. The examination was held on November 2nd 2014 and the results were announced in the month of May, 2015.
D4A Education foundation, with a vision to enable access to quality education for the deserving students conducted NMMS exam coaching in five government and aided schools in Bangalore.
The coaching was conducted through a program called Pratiyogita, which approached government schools and aided schools for creating an awareness of competitive exams and in turn enabling students from low income background to achieve greater heights in the exams.
Around 500 students appeared for the screening process for this program and only 100 students were selected for sixty days continuous coaching for NMMS exam and 53 students’ bagged ranks in NMMS 2014 exam.
Shravani Reddy, student of Uttarahalli Government Model Primary school secured Rank 1 in South Bangalore and Rank 2 in the State said, “Pratiyogita program has helped me realize my potential today. My dreams are given wings by cracking this exam,” she also added saying, “We had classes in our Dasara vacations too, and when we look back I think it was worth the time we spent on our preparation for the exam.”
An aspiring doctor, daughter of an auto driver and a tailor, Shravani claimed, “Teachers who helped me in NMMS exam preparation were the best teachers ever in my life. They cleared my doubts at any time. I was made to feel like their daughter and they helped me in every bit of the program,” she added saying, “Finally, I have a hope to crack my further studies and I think I will serve the nation one day.”
Priyanka G M, student of St. Teresa Girls High school who secured, Rank 2 in Bangalore South division said, “I have not just secured rank, I have gained enormous amount of knowledge through this program. I am happy with the scholarship I am getting and I will save it and use for my further studies.”
Priyanka is a Chartered Account aspirant and she said, “I am going to buy many books from now on and I will start aiming on what I want to become in my life. My teachers and parents were continuously supporting me throughout the program. Now, I will write every other exam, participate in a lot quizzes and many more knowledgeable things to reach my goal.”
Students of Pratiyogita were trained by expert faculty after their school timings and also on weekends. Their Dasara vacations last year were also utilized for this coaching.
Bala Tripurasundari Srinivasan, a mathematics faculty who taught these students throughout the program said, “I am happy students have got remarkable ranks in the exam. Their aspirations are too high and they are very dedicated at this age itself. They find opportunities in every possible way and they motivate us by actively participating in class,” she also said, “Their parents and school management should allow them to participate in more of these kinds of activities so that it will help them to achieve their dreams.”
Ajinkya Deshmukh, Co-Founder, D4A Education Foundation said, “Through Pratiyogita, we tried building curiosity for deserving students right from school and provided focussed attention to help them build a career for themselves. I am happy that 53 students have performed extremely well in the NMMS 2014 exam and also secured State Ranks,” he also said, “This year there were 100 students and we are definitely planning to have 1500 students in the coming year for this coaching.”
Talking about the program and future plans, Ajinkya said, “The NMMS exam coaching helped students in scholastic and non-scholastic skills. These 100 students were continuously mentored through mentoring program and not just that, they were also exposed to Life skills program,” he added, “After achieving this milestone, we want to leverage this program with the usage of technology and conduct classes going forward. We would provide them with PPTs, conduct audio-visual classes and many more techniques going forward. Exams like GMAT, SAT and others will be the next focus of Pratiyogita.”