Sunday, Sep 19, 2021
Outlook.com

Hard Knocks On Cram Schools

Students are home, colleges are closed…India’s Rs 25,000-crore coaching industry struggles to survive the Covid pandemic

Hard Knocks On Cram Schools
After and Before | Photograph by PTI & Sanjay Rawat
Hard Knocks On Cram Schools
outlookindia.com
2020-10-02T09:41:47+05:30

The cram schools in Kota sell dreams—a collective ambition to crack the tough tests for enrollment in top colleges such as IITs or any of the 13 AIIMS campuses in India. A degree from one such institution can guarantee a lifetime of fat pay cheques or jobs abroad. This industrial city by the Chambal in Rajasthan is the holy grail of India’s private coaching industry—a roughly Rs 25,000 crore business that fills in for a failed education system and feeds on the aspirations of thousands of students and their middle-class parents. The town has grown since V.K. Bansal, an engineer, founded Bansal Classes in 1985, the first to help students prep for the college entrance tests. The institute’s success triggered a teaching shop boom, with Kota as its unofficial headquarters, the go-to place. The dream that spawned the city’s Rs 4,000-crore industry—about 80 per cent of the city’s economy—is now in pieces. Covid-struck like most businesses, an uncertain cloud hangs low over the rows of coaching centres and those who live off...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Read More from Outlook

Congress Plays Dalit Card in Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi To Take Oath As CM Tomorrow

Congress Plays Dalit Card in Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi To Take Oath As CM Tomorrow

Putting speculations to rest, Charanjit Singh Channi is appointed as the Chief Minister of Punjab to tap the 32 per cent Dalit voters of Punjab in the upcoming 2022 assembly elections.

UP CM's Report Card Claims Complete Transformation Of State, No Riot Since 2017

UP CM's Report Card Claims Complete Transformation Of State, No Riot Since 2017

UP CM said his government has fulfilled every promise mentioned in the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra in 2017 and voiced confidence that the BJP will cross 350 seats in the upcoming polls.

CSK Vs MI, IPL 2021, Live Cricket Scores: Trent Boult Rocks Chennai Super Kings

CSK Vs MI, IPL 2021, Live Cricket Scores: Trent Boult Rocks Chennai Super Kings

The UAE leg of IPL 2021 begins with a clash between former champions Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians. Follow live updates here.

Book On Kashmir's Trauma By RAW Officer’s Daughter Kicks Off Debate, Irks Anonymous Scholars

Book On Kashmir's Trauma By RAW Officer’s Daughter Kicks Off Debate, Irks Anonymous Scholars

The ‘anonymous scholars’ have unleashed an attack on Saiba Varma, an Indian anthropologist from the University of California, saying her father ‘create(d) the trauma’ in the valley.

Advertisement