Here comes a help for the students who wish to appear for the joint entrance exam for engineering and medical streams but are not able to do so due to financial constraints. For them there is Lakshyabhed, which is a joint initiative between district administrators and NGO.
Lakshyabhed was founded in 2010 by Saumitra Mohan, former magistrate Birbhum district in collaboration with the Kolkata based Liver foundation of Dr Abhijit Choudhary. The programme provides free of cost training and coaching to the needy students.
The initiative has spread its wings and reached to North 24- Parganas, Murshidbad and Purulia districts where the respective district administrations have rendered infrastructural help while finances are arranged by the Foundation. Since the inception of Lakshyabhed, 100 students trained by it have successfully qualified for engineering and medical.
Chaudhary had initiated this idea when they met with Mohan in 2010. So the programme initiated with providing help to the aspirants of Medical JEE and extended to Engineering JEE as well.
Mohan said that every year 50 students, 25 each for medical and engineering, are selected through a screening test which is held in the month of January or February. The screening test is taken by those students who have already passed their class XI exams with around 75 per cent marks though their is reservation for SC and ST students as well, Mohan said.
After they qualify in the written examinations, the students have to appear in interview where merit, motivation and economic backgrounds are taken into consideration for selection. Funds are raised by Liver Foundation from philanthropic organisations and business houses.
Also further informed that the former West Bengal Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh had been a motivating factor at Lakshyabhed. Mathematician Anand Kumar had launched a similar programme Super 30 in 2002. It has achieved much accalim and 308 students have made it to IITs out of 360 who appeared from the institution so far. Apart from coaching, food and accommodation are provided free of cost to students.