Coaching institutes are in the race to grab top positions in entrance examinations like JEE and NEET exam. As soon as NEET and JEE results are declared, several coaching institutes put out full-page advertisements and claim credit for the success stories. Six different coaching institutes claim to have tutored NEET topper Soyeb Aftab this year. Similarly, premier coaching institutes like Allen and FIITJEE are claiming JEE AIR – 3 Vaibhav Raj to be their student.
Growth of educational institutes
According to the data by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM), coaching institutes generate an annual revenue of over Rs 1 lakh crore. And these institutes are growing at more than 35% per year.
Institutes claim to tutor successful students to grab student and their parents’ attention. Even though the toppers may have just registered for additional coaching material or mock tests.
Why there is confusion
Vaibhav explained why there is such confusion to media house, Indian Express. Vaibhav said, “I left FIITJEE after class 10. Since then I have no relations with them. Afterwards, I took admission in Allen. I didn’t take the preparation material from any other institute. I am disheartened that my name is used for mere promotions. Moreover, I requested them not to further use my name for their advertisement. However, FIITJEE South Kolkata declined to comment on that matter”.
Multiple institutes claimed AIR 1 Soyeb as their student
After the NEET result, a similar trend prevailed. Multiple institutes claimed AIR – 1 Soyeb Aftab as their student. However, Soyeb said that he was a student in the regular classes at Allen, Kota. Moreover, he said that he also accepted the offer for distance learning programmes (DLP) by various institutes including Aakash, Pathfinder, Sri Chaitanya, Gravity, ETOOS India. “In 2019, I got rank 14 in Aakash National Talent Hunt Exam. Then the institute offered me the DLP programme. On the basis of my merit other institutes also enrolled me. These institutes’ access to online mock test series helped me boost my preparation.
— ALLEN Career Institute (@ALLENkota) October 18, 2020
Distance learning programme
Anurag Tiwari, Aakash institute, the national academic director said,” on the basis of his performance in ANTHE, Soyeb was registered for regular classes through the scholarship programme. But was shifted to the distance learning programme as he was unable to attend classes.
Pathfinder institute said that in April, Soyeb was their student in the non-classroom programme. He was using online mock test series, model answers and study materials.
After securing AIR 2 in the scholarship test of Unacademy Prodigy, Soyeb also received a scholarship amount of Rs 34,400 from Unacademy. But was not a student in any of their programmes.
Coaching institutes predict the toppers
Krishna Chaitanya Kasula, secretary, coaching federation of India (CFI), said the distance learning programme is nothing but a gimmick. She added that these courses are already available online. Such practices are quite common in Kota. “After the entrance exam is over, the organizing agencies release the answer keys. These coaching hubs predict toppers. And they approach them with lucrative scholarship offers. Students accept it because this helps in funding their higher education.