Hyderabad: From the next academic year, getting a seat in a Telangana minorities residential school will not be a cakewalk for students. The Telangana Minorities Residential Educational Institutions Society (TMREIS) decided to hold an entrance examination for admissions into various classes.
The society took the decision as there is a huge demand for seats in TMR schools across the State. This year alone, while there were 52,000 seats available in 206 TMR schools across the State, a whopping 1.2 lakh candidates applied. By following merit and rule of reservation, the seats were allotted to candidates.
“There is a huge demand for the schools from parents in all districts. In fact, we wanted to have an entrance examination from this academic year. However, due to time constraints, we could not hold it. But from the next academic year, admissions will be based on an entrance examination,” said B Shafiullah, Secretary, TMREIS.
The entrance examination will be held for admissions into Class V. This apart, the society will also conduct admission tests for backlog seats in classes VI, VII, VIII and IX from next year. To this effect, the society also prepared the question paper and required material. The demand for these schools is due to the state-of-art facilities, quality education, sports, homely environment and nutritious food being provided by the State government. All these facilities come for the children free of cost.
Of 48,000 admissions given this academic year, more than 50 per cent of candidates had migrated from private schools, particularly from Hyderabad. The TMR schools also witnessed migration from government schools. This apart, the society is also providing free and quality education for close to 6,000 orphans who have joined the schools this year.
While there are 206 TMR schools across the State, 182 are being run from the private buildings and 24 from the society’s own buildings. A senior society official said land was identified at 55 places for the establishment of new buildings. Tenders for seven buildings would be called soon and works would be completed in a year or two.
Making society students JEE ready
To make students Joint Entrance Examination ready and secure a seat in Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institutes of Technology and other centrally funded technical institutions, students in TMREIS junior colleges are being given intensive coaching.
To this effect, the society roped in a private coaching organisation to coach children for the competitive examinations. A senior official said students were selectively chosen for the coaching. “Presently coaching is being given to 20 students and in future, more students will be trained,” the official said.
The society also introduced bridge courses for Telugu and Hindi medium students so that they easily understand the concepts. Also, an exclusive programme was introduced to train students in spoken English. A senior official said within three months, several students had started conversing fluently in English. This apart, in order to build scientific temper among students, the society would soon start Robotic Centres in all its schools. Presently, in collaboration with the Muffakham Jah College of Engineering & Technology, the society is giving classes in robotics to TMR students in the city. It also intends to make robotics part of the curriculum.
Taking sports to the next level, the society is preparing its students to scale the world’s highest peak, the Mount Everest. While 200 students (100 boys and 100 girls) were picked up from TMR schools across the State, 10 boys and girls of these were selected after the first round of training at the Bhongir Rock Fort.
Of these, six — three boys and three girls – will scale Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in Africa in the second week of October. After Mt Kilimanjaro, they will be sent to the Himalaya Mountaineering Institute (HMI) for training in advanced trekking. “We are focusing on adventure sports. These students will be given training and after an approval from HMI, they will be sent to conquer Mount Everest,” an official said.
The society is also organising zonal sport meets on October 29, 30 and 31. Competitions will be in sports such as Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, football and chess and others. Further, training will be provided to students who excel in each sport.
Not just the quality and hygiene food, TMR students are also being provided with body care products such as toothpaste, powder, sanitary napkins, soaps, hair oil, brush, detergent and others in the form of a cosmetic kit. A senior official said cosmetic kits had got a good response from students and parents. “The kits are distributed to students every three months,” he said. Students found to be malnourished are also given special chewable vitamin supplements.