NEW DELHI: In a welcoming move, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that students who are preparing for medical and engineering entrance exams and have lost their parents or earning members of the family owing to the COVID-19 pandemic will be provided with free coaching and accommodation in Kota, Rajasthan.
According to reports, MP Birla held a meeting with the directors of coaching institutes in the city and requested them to come forward to help the needy in these challenging times, his office said in a statement.
Further, on the request of Birla, the institutes agreed to provide free coaching, accommodation, and food to students from across the country who have lost their parents or earning member of the family due to COVID-19, the statement said.
During the meeting with Birla, Director of Allen Career Institute, Naveen Maheshwari also announced that the institute will set up a relief fund of Rs 50 lakh to help the families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Further, the MP thanked the coaching institutes for their noble gesture and said during these challenging times it is important that society comes together and helps each other.
Earlier, the Union Education Ministry has decided to postpone the Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE) in India and abroad. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has asked the National Testing Agency (NTA) not to conduct the JEE Mains examination in view of the rising Covid cases. The JEE Mains examination was scheduled to be held on April 27, 28 and 30 this year.