For 19-year-old Kumar Sanjay Singh, the son of a self-employed mechanic struggling to make ends meet, and several others like him living in a small hamlet of Moirang, becoming an engineering graduate from a renowned institution was only a dream until the Army stepped in.
The Army Company Commander in Bishenpur helped the students clear the JEE Main by convincing the Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL) -- a National level educational organisation -- to come to Manipur and select students for coaching.
The JEE, an engineering entrance examination conducted for admission to various engineering colleges across the nation, includes two different examinations -- JEE Main and JEE Advanced. The students who qualify JEE Main can appear for the JEE Advanced examination.
"It organised and undertook a screening process with assistance from experts at CSRL to select suitable candidates from all over Manipur and from a pool of 150 students from various schools, 18 were considered for the programme," the Army said in a release.
The preparation included a comprehensive coaching programme at the CSRL institute in Guwahati, arrangements for which were coordinated by the Army.
On May 20, these students will appear for the JEE Advanced Examinations.
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