Patna: The new batch of Students Guidance Centre (SGC) which had opened new vistas of higher education for the deprived and the backward students of Bihar through highly competitive training under the Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna (CIMP) in the last few years, has attracted more students from rural and far-flung areas this time.
The new batch, that reflected the rising aspirations of rural Bihar and packed more socially backward students from the remote areas, was formally inaugurated by Shri SM Raju, IAS, Secretary, SC/ST Welfare Department, Govt. of Bihar in the presence of the Director and the Deputy Director of Welfare Department here at the campus yesterday.
SGC, a path-breaking social initiative and a dream project by Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar, was launched by the CIMP to equip the students from the SC/ST/OBC categories for admissions in Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other prestigious B-schools like XLRI, XAT and Institute for Rural Management Anand (IRMA), apart from training them for competitive examinations like banking service, railway recruitment and SSC. It is the only such centre of the kind to give free training to the backward students.
The new batch of 100 students has 80% from the Maha Dalits and out of them 25 % are girls. In the first two batches, SGC had students from Patna and vicinity like Muzaffarpur, Nalanda, Gaya, Vaishali etc. However, the present batch has students even from the very remote and far-flung areas in the districts like Kishangunj, Madhubani, Bhabua, Supaul and West Champaran.
"SGC through its continuous contributions has been impacting a social change in Bihar by ensuring inclusive development. By opening up greater opportunities of growth for the socially backward communities, SGC is also instrumental in reducing the social inequality in the State," CIMP Director Dr V Mukunda Das said on the occasion.
Addressing the new batch of students, Shri Raju urged them to be clear about their objectives in the life. Motivating them by sharing anecdotes from his own experiences, he said proper planning and prioritization would be very crucial to success.
Students from the previous four batches have already entered into the highly meritorious institutions. Six students of the previous fourth batch secured qualifying percentage in CAT, thereby clearing admission chance in IIM the written cutoff of IIM- Ahemadabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur and Rohtak. Apart from this, around 20 students from the same batch cleared banks/SSC/railways and other competitive exams.
SGC focuses on the holistic development of each student in terms of developing qualities such as leadership, communication and confidence, apart from ensuring academic excellence.