GAIL launches Utkarsh programme to train students for IIT, NIT entrance exams in Uttarakhand

The Uttarakhand Government, public sector natural gas major GAIL (India) Limited and the Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL) have come together to train meritorious children from underprivileged families in the state who dream of studying in prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology and other top engineering colleges. 
Two centres will be set up Kumaon and Garhwal regions to benefit such students under the GAIL Utkarsh Super 100 programme, a press release from GAIL said.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched the programme in the presence of Minister of State for Higher Education Dhan Singh Rawat and GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi.
GAIL is implementing a slew of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in Uttarakhand and Project Utkarsh is one of them, aimed at deserving students from marginalized communities.
Fifty students will be provided training in each of the two new centres, the release said.
CSRL had established its first center in 2007 in Kanpur in collaboration of GAIL. It provides all-expenses paid, specialized residential coaching and intensive mentoring so that they can compete for engineering entrance examinations such as Indian Institute of Technology – Joint Entrance Examination, Uttar Pradesh Technical University, and so on.
Since its inception in 2009-10, 690 students have been trained under GAIL’s patronage, of which 598 have been selected – 125 in IITs and 473 in NITs and other engineering colleges. Some students from the initial batches are now employed in top organisations such as Wipro, TCS, Larsen & Toubro, ISRO, Infosys and Coal India Limited.
Meanwhile, CSRL has scaled up from one centre to 15 centres across nine states.
RailTel, a Government of India PSU, and CSRL had collaborated to establish RailTel Akansha Super 30 in Dehradun in 2015 which has successfully guided students to get admission in IITs, NITs and various other prestigious institutions. With the addition of the GAIL centres, the number of CSRL centres in Uttarakhand will increase from one to three, the release added.
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