A few years ago the IITs brought major changes in the way entrance exams were conducted for their admissions. Back then this move was, widely thought of by many experts, to “eradicate” the coaching institute culture in the student community. But when we look at the current day’s engineering entrance exam prep scenario, it is very clear that the eradication failed bigtime. A few months ago we had told you about Educomp (A Delhi based learning solution provider) joining hands with Karnatake Govt. to impart computer aided education in the schools of the state. The same Educomp has now launched a VSAT-based training programme for students that will help them prepare for engineering entrance exams.
This engineering entrance exam training programme has been branded as Leap, by Educomp. The company initially plans to open 75 Leap centers all over the country which will gradually open up until the next financial year. These Leap centers will aid them to train the students all over the country via their high-end VSAT coaching programmes. By 2012, Leap centres will be set up across 200 cities across the country. Here are a few salient features of Leap:
- The prep material will delivered by high quality faculty.
- Plans of setting up tie-ups with schools and to leverage the tie-ups that Educomp already has.
- Interactive training programmes which are planned to be delivered through videoconferencing.
Although nothing has been said yet about the pricing of the programmes started by Educomp but the kind of features they have incorporated into their programmes, it is very sure the prices are going to be sky high and definitely out of reach of the deserving students from not-so-well-to-do families. Educomp also plans to roll out other test preparatory programmes for medicine and management courses in forthcoming days.
Now the most important question – What path is the Engineering Coaching Industry taking to?
When IITs decided to change their testing pattern they might have never thought even in their wildest dreams about the fact that the growth of the Coaching Industry will skyrocket as a result of the changes they made. With internet penetrating slowly into the lives of almost every common Indian man, the day is not far when most of the Engineering Exam Prep will be delivered online.
I agree that VSAT, video lectures will eventually end up increasing the interest of the students towards the subject and this new technologybrings in a new era in the History, Geography or whatever you say of Education, still what I think is the needy but deserving students will be left out owing to the high prices of these programmes. A few months back we had told you about 3D Education and also discussed about it’s feasibility in the Indian education scenario. Students will start relying more on Engineering Prep Programmes rather than giving their own shot. So where are these programmes making the budding Indian engineers head towards?
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