How IITs bridged the transport gap of needy JEE main aspirants
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It all started with the lack of public transport due to the ongoing pandemic when the director of IIT Delhi, V Ramgopal Rao, received multiple requests on social media from key JEE aspirants of poorly connected locations. They claimed getting to the exam center was a challenge because they lacked the financial means to travel privately. Rao appealed to the alumni on Facebook and the portal called
eduride.in was developed.

“The facility was originally planned for needy JEE Advanced candidates, but has now been expanded to include JEE key candidates. This is a Pan-IIT alumni campaign from Delhi, Bombay and Madras, of which around 379 volunteer help and support, ”says Rao.

The initiative was a “great relief” for OBC candidate Venkat R, who traveled from Ooty to Coimbatore. He arrived at the exam center punctually on September 1 after a three-hour interstate journey because he could no longer take buses outside of his home town in the Nilgiri district.

For aspirants like him, the portal was developed under the direction of Rohit Koshy, former president of the IIT Delhi Alumni Association (IITDAA), Mukul Singla, member and convenor of the EU, IIT Delhi, and Sanskar Jain, alumnus of IIT Bombay , a portal game changer.

“Based on the main JEE aspirants, there are plans to expand logistical support to NEET aspirants as well, if we receive adequate funding and donations,” says Ravindra Kumar, President of IITDAA. “After a brief overview of the situation according to JEE Main, the resource requirements such as time, money, effort, manpower, etc. are assessed for NEET aspirants. In addition to donation, corporate sponsorship, including the allocation of CSR funds, is key for the future, ”adds Kumar.

IITDAA had raised over Rs 9 lakh for donations and hopes there will be more benefactors offering their vehicles or donations for sponsoring a ride.

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