Ajmal Super 40: Shaping the dream of hundreds of underprivileged students in Assam
By Abdul Gani, The Site
Editor’s note: Muslims in India are often blamed for their plight in the country, and one of the favourite points of the detractors is the lack of education among the community. However, this is nothing more than a lazy narrative set by those in power and a blatant attempt to excuse the governments (both state and central) of their lack of effort in addressing this issue. The truth is, we now have several organisations promoted by Muslims to improve education among the community. This has not only paved the way for a brighter future for the community’s youth, but also a wonderful present. Take the UPSC results. According to a News18 report, “Muslim candidates have been doing well in the prestigious exams since 2016. Prior to that, they constituted only 2.5% of the total successful candidates. However, Muslim candidates broke all previous records in 2016 when 50 of them qualified for the UPSC, with 10 making it to the top 100. In the 2017 batch, too, 50 Muslims were selected through the exam.”
The credit for this, no doubt, also goes to organisations like the Zakat Foundation of India, along with minority institutes like the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) and the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have played a starring role in increasing the numbers of Muslims qualifying in top-level competitive exams. Never mind the detractors who are now inventing a new “UPSC Jihad” narrative, we are now witnessing something special here. The good news that originated from UPSC has continued with the NEET too, with hundreds of students from Muslim community qualifying for the exams. In this special series, we look at shining examples from Assam, West Bengal and Karnataka, where philanthropic organisations have helped nurture a new, bright dream for Muslim students. In part one, the heart-warming story of Ajmal Super 40, which helped both Muslim and Hindu students qualify for the NEET.
Assam’s Mamon H Borbhuyan is happy to have successfully cleared the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). Along with Mamon, 100 others are all set to study medicine after clearing the test.
All thanks to Ajmal Super 40, a coaching institute for economically backward run by Ajmal Foundation.
“I worked hard for this day and finally I’m glad to have cleared the entrance. I must thank Ajmal Super 40 for their contribution in shaping my goal,” says Mamon who got 655 marks out of total 720.
Ajmal Foundation, a public charitable trust run by Ajmal Group of Companies, started coaching centre in 2016 along with other educational institutes which assist financially backward students to achieve their goals.
“More than 100 students from our two years Integrated Coaching Programme have cleared NEET this year, of which 80+ students are likely to get admission in MBBS. My heartfelt thanks to the faculty and other staff members associated with Ajmal Super 40 programme and Ajmal Group of Colleges,” said Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, Member of Parliament and director of Ajmal Group of Companies.
For aspirants like Basu Joishi, son of a poor farmer in Assam’s Dima Hasao district, their dream would have died out halfway had Ajmal Super 40 not been there to rescue them.
“I have no words to thank Ajmal Foundation for helping me by getting training at the Ajmal Super 40 free of cost. With the minimal income of my father, I would have never imagined getting such high-quality training to appear in the NEET. My dream of studying medicine is a reality now,” an elated Joishi tells The SITE.
He has scored 552 and nothing can now debar him from being a doctor.
The story of Eunaj Akhtar Rehman from Golaghat district is similar. Her father is a driver of an ambulance who struggles hard to run the family and for Eunaj it was a distant dream to get some training for her entrance. Eunaj who has scored 614 marks at the NEET is now extremely happy and thankful to the Ajmal Super 40 for providing her and aspirants like her to shape their dreams.
Ajmal Super 40 was inaugurated in September 2016 to help the students of North Eastern India to crack the toughest of entrance examinations such as JEE and NEET among others.
“The idea behind Ajmal Super 40 was to impart free quality science education to 40 well-identified Class 10 passed students from economically poor families to enable them to qualify national level competitive examinations for admission in medical and engineering. It is a fully residential integrated coaching programme for higher secondary board examination (Science) as well as engineering and medical entrance examinations such as JEE, NEET, BITSAT, CEE, etc. The classes are conducted in well-furnished air-conditioned classrooms in the separate campus for boys and girls,” says Ajmal Foundation director Dr Khasrul Islam.
The students enrolled in this programme are given free coaching, free study materials, free accommodation, free food and pocket money of Rs 500 per month per student.
“Students securing 85 per cent or above marks in class 10 examination and having a family income of less than 1.5 lakh per annum are allowed to enrol in the programme. Based on these criteria, 40 boys and 40 girls are admitted for this programme every year,” Islam adds.
This time in JEE, 18 students qualified the mains out of 27 students appeared the examination and seven cleared JEE Advance Examination.
Karan Upadhaya secured All India Rank 5,714 having Economically Weaker Section (EWS) rank 571 and qualified for admission into IIT Guwahati.
The chain of Ajmal Foundation schools and colleges across Assam -- a science college for women, a B.Ed college and a law college in Hojai, a state-level talent search examination every year for school and college students and the grant of scholarships and stipends to hundreds of poor and meritorious students cutting across caste and communities testify to the Ajmal Foundation’s commitment to the cause of modern education, says Islam.