With the Supreme Court directing the CBSE to conduct the AIPMT exam again in four weeks’ time, AIPMT aspirants are making a beeline for coaching institutes that are set to start crash courses free of cost for their former students.
Several coaching institutes are planning to start crash courses in a few days that will help the aspirants brush up the AIPMT syllabus. The institutes are rescheduling their classes to accommodate former students. Many of them have decided not to charge any fee from their ex-students.
For new students who want to join the batch, the fee is Rs 14,000 to Rs 15,000.
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Anita Rana, a counsellor at Helix Institute, said, “We have sent texts and e-mails to all our ex-students who had given the exam to inform them about the free crash course. We are getting lots of frantic calls from the students and worried parents. The crash course will probably start by June 19.”
Ashwani Ohri, director, Aadhar Institute, is confident that the re-exam won’t hamper the performance of bright students. “The decision by the SC is right. Even if a small number of people were caught cheating, it’s difficult to judge the magnitude of the scam. The students who had done well in the previous exam should remain confident that they will be able to repeat that performance.”
Neeru Talwar, general manager, Ace Tutorials, also welcomed the SC decision. “There is no doubt that those students who had performed well previously feel hard done-by now. They just need to pick themselves up again. Harsh measures need to be taken so that such a case doesn’t happen again.”
Dishant Bansal, an AIPMT aspirant, feels that the decision of the SC is ‘harsh’.
“Its going to be difficult now to manage studying as well as appear for counselling in other private colleges. But with only a month left, it’s a critical time for us and the crash courses will help us immensely to revise the whole syllabus,” he said.