A WhatsApp group which started as a leisure activity has turned into a full-fledged coaching centre imparting free coaching of science subjects to economically weak Muslim and Dalit students in Gangoh town of Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh.
The group which is weirdly named “l8stScificNtechInvntns” is active and collects donation for the coaching centre.
Wasil Khan Alif, one of the group members, said that their group, which originally shared only latest scientific advancements and easy ways to understand complex scientific concepts, became so popular that people started pressing them to share their knowledge with the students. “And we agreed. And thus a coaching centre imparting free coaching to around 30 students was inaugurated last month,” he said.
Jan Eashwardas, a group member, said that initially all group members saved from their own pockets to arrange science teachers for the centre. “We saved money for this. Some members quit smoking, some others saved money by skipping their cold drinks. This was the only option as most of us are students and we do not earn right now. But once it went on track, people started donating as well,” he said.
Wasil said that as word about their effort spread, a social group, Al Khidmat Welfare Association, Gangoh has come forward to help the coaching centre get registered so that financial assistance flows in.
He said that since Muslims and Dalits are the most backward in the area, the coaching centre aims to assist their children.
Wasil added that the centre is running in a rented accommodation and six teachers—three with BTech degrees, two with MCA, one with MSc— have been hired to teach the basic concepts of science and mathematics to the students of Classes 8, 9 and 10.
“Even a person with an MBA degree has been hired to impart personality development tips to these students who need such grooming,” he said.
The group members such as Jan Eashwardas, Wasil Khan Alif, Hakeem Danish, Hali Manzoor, Abbas Khan Khokhar, Naushad Zeenat, Gaus Mohammed, Javed Iqbal are also creating awareness about the group on Facebook.