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Dhar: They didn’t have money to afford state-of-the-art coaching and most probably their faculty members didn’t have multiple PhDs nor did they have resources like their private school counterparts, despite all of this, 83 tribal students from Dhar district successfully cleared JEE (Main) 2017.

All the students are from government schools residing in government hostels and they all prepared for the examination studying in coaching classes arranged by the district administration. All the qualified candidates are now being coached by experts in Indore.

Officials here informed that this year, 375 tribals, who lived in government hostels and studied at tribal welfare department schools in remote areas, sat for the exam for admission to premier technology institutes and 83 were selected for JEE – Advanced Exam.


From Dhar district, out of 83, 70 kids belong to schedule tribe, six each are from scheduled caste and other backward caste and one is from general category. Officials here informed that, Dhar district claimed top position in terms of highest number of selections for JEE – Advanced 2017 in Indore division.

More surprising, parents of 13 students are labourers, parents of six students are farmers, while two of the students have lost their fathers and their mothers take care of their studies.

On Tuesday, all the students left for Indore and before their departure, district administration felicitated them. District in-charge collector Ravindra Kumar Choudhary, SDM (rural) Bhavya Mittal, tribal development department assistant commissioner Brajesh Pandey and Model School, Dhar principal Suchita Shinde were present during the felicitation ceremony.

When contacted Brajesh Pandey, assistant commissioner, tribal development department said, “Government is providing them with facilities and help, due to which their talent and hard work has come through. Apart from books for board exams, high-quality reference and practice books have also been made available to them. Libraries in higher secondary schools have been strengthened.”

As per the JEE Main 2017 rankings, about 2.20 lakh top scorers will appear for JEE Advanced 2017 which is scheduled to be held on May 21. This year, the JEE Main cut-off was set at 81 for general category candidate, while cut-off for OBC-NCL was 49, for scheduled caste (SC) it was 32 and for scheduled tribe it was 27.

Daughter brings laurel to family

High on his daughter’s success, Kailash Bariya, a peon at Model School, Dhar where his daughter is studying said Rani has not only made him proud, but will become an example for society and inspire other parents to support their daughters and educate them.