Sankalp Setu - Grade 12
Narmada district is located in the southern part of Gujarat with a geographical spread of 2755 sq.km. It shares a border with Surat, Vadodara, Bharuch, Tapi districts of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Administratively, Narmada district is divided into 4 talukas and 609 villages, with Rajpipla town as the district capital. The district has a total population of 5.90 lakhs as per the 2011 Census, accounting for only 1% of the overall state population. Currently, 89.56% of the district’s population lives in rural areas.
Education is one of the major concern areas for the Narmada District Administration, particularly for students in grade 12, as the district’s students have been faring poorly in board and competitive examinations as compared to students from other districts of Gujarat. Most of the students come from tribal communities and lack the resources to help them compete with students from other areas.
“Sanklap Setu” is a committed effort towards improving the quality of education for grade 12 students and enabling them to clear their board examinations as well as the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Generally students prepare for JEE after the completion of their board exams as there is a gap of one month between the two examinations. Gujarat Technology University (GTU) is the centralized admission body for the science stream in Gujarat. The admission merit list give a 60:40 weightage to board examinations and the JEE. Many times students score well in board exams but are unable to perform well in the JEE, which harms their overall performance and their chances of getting into colleges. Sankalp Setu is expected to be helpful in preparing students of the Narmada district so they can compete with their peers from other areas.
A pilot project of this concept will be initiated in Narmada district with about 750 students. It is estimated that cost per student will be around INR 10,000. This will include special teaching inputs, e-learning, expert guidance and seminars, mock tests, peer group learning, arrangement of remedial classes, etc. The total cost of running this pilot project will hence be INR 75 lakhs.