With 80 students in IITs in seven years, Rahmani 30 is helping poor Muslim aspirants overcome a “mental block” that they cannot make it to prestigious institutes, and look beyond ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes), says Maulana Wali Rahmani, founder of the IIT-JEE preparatory centre and also general secretary of the All India Personal Muslim Law Board. He believes under the mentorship of former Bihar DGP Abhyananad, who conceptualised Super 30 to teach poor students to crack the entrance exam, “we are at cusp of social revolution without any government support”.
Thirty one students from different Rahmani centres have cracked IIT-JEE this year. The centre in Patna alone had 15 successful students out of 21 candidates. Speaking at a function to felicitate the successful candidates, Maulana Wali Rahmani said instead of blaming the system for poor education among Muslims, the society itself should take an initiative in this direction. “We have been preparing Muslim girls for medical entrance tests now, and are looking for space to start a coaching of Muslim girls,” said Rahmani, who was Bihar Legislative Council deputy chairperson.
Rahmani 30 is the first non-government venture that came up in 2008 to prepare poor Muslim students for engineering entrance tests. The institute, which provides free food and lodging for students for its one-year and two-year programme, has so far helped 138 candidates succeed in various engineering entrance tests.
Abhayanand, also a physicist, said the proposal for Rahmani 30 came after he had dissociated himself from the successful venture of Super 30, and noted that the success rate of Muslim students was dismal in engineering exams.
“It is gratifying to see the journey of students who came from far-off villages and very humble background. People learn about us through word of mouth and Urdu press. We have provided them only basic facilities here. But, they generally have great minds — 42 of them have made it to Olympiad tests of science papers,” said Abhayanand.
Ashar Ahmad, who belongs to Gilani in Nalanda and secured 2167th rank in the IIT-JEE, said: “The rigorous revision of the combined test paper, informal teaching set-up and interaction with seniors were the key.” Ashar’s father Imdad Ahsan is a private teacher, who earns only around Rs 8,000 a month.
Saif Ali, whose father is a mill worker in Kolkata, said: “I will be the first IITian in my family. I will ensure my father does not have to work. I will come back to Rahmani 30 during vacations. Abhayanand’s words of ‘give back to society’ rings in ear.”