How IITs bridged the transportation gap of needy JEE Main aspirants

It all began with the shortage of public transport due to the ongoing pandemic when IIT-Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao received several requests on social media from JEE Main aspirants of poorly connected locations. They claimed reaching the examination centre was a challenge as they lacked the financial means for private transport. Rao made an appeal to the alumni on facebook and the portal called
eduride.in was developed.

“The facility was initially planned for needy JEE Advanced candidates but has now been extended to JEE Main aspirants. This is a pan IIT alumni effort from Delhi, Bombay and Madras with around 379 of them volunteering help and support,” Rao says.

The initiative came as a “huge relief” to OBC candidate Venkat R, travelling from Ooty to Coimbatore. He reached the examination centre at the nick of time on September 1 after three-hours of interstate travel since he could not avail of buses beyond his hometown in Nilgiri district.

For aspirants like him, the portal – developed under the guidance of Rohit Koshy, past president, IIT Delhi Alumni Association (IITDAA), Mukul Singla, EC member and convenor, IIT Delhi, and Sanskar Jain, IIT Bombay alumnus — has been a game changer.

“Starting out with JEE Main aspirants, there are plans to extend logistic support to NEET aspirants as well if we receive adequate funds and donations,” Ravindra Kumar, president, IITDAA says. “After taking a quick review of the situation post JEE Main, the resource requirements such as time, money, efforts, manpower etc for NEET aspirants will be assessed. Apart from donation, corporate sponsorship including CSR funds allocation holds the key to the future,” Kumar adds.

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




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