Super 30 ushering in hope for engineering aspirants

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29 students under ONGC’s project have become IITians

HT Correspondent

SIVASAGAR, Oct 18: Ten years ago, Pallabh Borghain was in a school in a remote Lakwa village in Sivasagar district. He had almost no idea of what a premiere engineering college would be like. And his future too was uncertain. This smart boy used to get bogged down by his family’s meagre income

Ten kilometres away in another village near Simaluguri, Nilim Kumar Konwar, was also haunted by a bleak future brooding over what to do after school. The thoughts of where and how, to realise their big dreams of becoming an engineer persistently troubled them in school days.

Thanks to ONGC’s flagship programme Super 30. It helped them achieve their goals. This initiative was aimed at nurturing talents of the meritorious students to pursue their dreams of entering the portals of premiere engineering institutes of the country and the objective has been achieved in an emphatic manner.

Now, ten years later, Pallabh, holding an engineering degree from NIT Silchar, working in Wipro in Bangalore exuberantly says: My career   got wings with my entry into ONGC Super 30. Today, securing a job in difficult times from a remote village like Lakwa is a great achievement for me and for my family. It has changed the way people look at me and my family in the village.

Nilim Kumar, a Silchar NITian working for L&T in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu proudly says, “getting a seat into ONGC Super 30 was a turning point in my career. With a dream job in L&T, people in the village say I am making my village Ramugaon proud.”

Prior to the start of ONGC Super 30 in 2014, the district had no coaching institute to coach young aspiring students to crack the toughest entrance exam JEE.

Absence of such institutes was compounding the complexity of the entrance exam for the young minds with fire in the belly. Their dreams were going unrealised.

Now, the young hopefuls’ dreams are made possible by ONGC’s Super 30 initiative. This project started operating by the Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL), supported fully by ONGC.

Several students from the first batch (2014) of the project, on completing engineering degree are now placed in organisations like L&T, Star Cement, Wipro, Burckhardt, Indian Army, Violet INK, Mediterranean Shipping Company etc.

Students from all over Assam appear for the entrance exam for getting selected into the Super 30. Every year around 1000 plus students belonging to under-privileged are appearing for the programme.

Of them, only thirty are selected for the intensive coaching for eleven months with lodging and boarding facilities at no cost.

Academic support is provided through classroom teaching by experienced faculty. Regular and mock tests are supplemented by critical performance evaluation of the students.

ONGC has expended Rs 370 lakh since the inception of the project helping 115 students dream big and achieve admission into India’s prestigious engineering colleges including IITs, NITs, RGITs. To be precise, 29 students under the project have become IITians.

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