Online classes have been the hottest topic since the pandemic and it has made Goa’s first coaching institute, Aryan Study Circle go online as well. The Circle that prepares students for various competitive exams has been running online classes smoothly and plans to continue this way till everything is back to normal.
IIT alumnus Vyankatesh Prabhudesai, who is the director of Mushtifund Aryaan Higher Secondary School, Cujira and chief Aryan Study Circle said: “We are able to do really well and our online classes are even better than our regular ones. The way we managed to teach online, I think now we are able to teach any topic online. So that is the kind of confidence we have. Students and faculty too have adjusted beautifully to the online mode and are comfortable with it. There is no issue at all.” He further informed that they also have the online mentor and mentee programme wherein teachers guide students in small batches right from studies to their diet.
Aryan’s was first started as a study circle in 2004 and since 2011 Mushtifund Aryaan Higher Secondary School is an integrated school cum Aryaan Study Circle. “The reason I started this institute is that if proper coaching is provided to students, then we can also put Goa on the educational map. And that is what we have been doing for the last several years now,” he said.
He further said that they have coached over 140 students who have cleared IIT, JEE Advanced and have close to 150 students who have scored 300 and above in BITSAT. And there are a number of students joining the National Institutes of Technology (NIT), Goa Medical College and other medical institutes. “We train students for all engineering entrance exams including IIT, JEE Advanced, IIT Main, BITSAT, GCET, medical entrance exam NEET and board exams since we are also a school.”
For the last several years, on an average more than 10 students have cleared JEE Advanced and in the last three to four years at least 20 students have become eligible to join the BITSAT programme. “This year on an average 15 have qualified but what happens when they get into IIT is that they have other options, suppose they are not getting a branch of their choice in IIT they will prefer to join NIT or BITS Goa,” he said, adding that the cut-off in Goa is becoming very high. “We are almost seeing a national level cut-off now.”
About the faculty to train students, he said there is a need for specially trained individuals, especially engineers and doctors. “To teach these students, it is important that the faculty themselves have undergone the same training.”
And theirs are full-day programmes from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hardly any vacation for two years. “The criteria for students are that they should have some understanding of the subject and be good in studies, for example they should have scored 85 per cent or 90 per cent and above, and then we grind them with the required training. These are conceptual-based exams and you really need to understand the concepts to crack them,” he said.