Assam: Indian army, IOC and NGO signs MoU for centre of excellence

Tinsukia: The Spear Corps of Indian Army, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and a Kanpur-based NGO on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding to start a joined centre for excellence and wellness in Assam’s Tinsukia district.

Under the initiative worth Rs 1.5 crore, aimed to empower students to get themselves better prepared for competitive examinations, a total of 45 underprivileged students get residential coaching free of cost for a period of 12 months.

Spear Corps, one among the 13 corps of the Indian army, will be looking after the infrastructure and administrative role, while, as corporate partner, IOCL shall be providing the funding support and the NGO, National Integrity and Educational Development Organisation (NIEDO), will be the executing partner.

According to an army source, the project worth has been conceptualised to secure a better future for the youth of Assam. “It will be a full-time residential programme to mentor and to guide minimum 45 Assamese youth for twelve months for various Medical and Engineering Colleges entrance examinations in India.”

Sources in the army said an estimate of around Rs 25 to 26 lakh will incur for infrastructure set-up with basic amenities for 45 students which will include furniture,
bedding, crockery, cutlery, teaching aids, smart classrooms, kitchen, cookhouse, course content, stationery, library, recreational facilities among other expenditure.

“The Army would oversee the overall operations including administration and logistics with requisite funding support through IOCL,” the source added.

The first batch of this initiative is scheduled to commence from June this year.
Rohit Srivastava, CEO of NIEDO, said that a team of seven faculty members will be placed at this centre at Pengree. “This will include 5 full-time teacher-cum-professor, one academic manager and one administrative manager.”

“Students coming from family background with an income below Rs 3.5 lakh per annum will be eligible for coaching,” throwing light on the criteria for selection of students Srivastava said. “The students will require to secure at least 55 per cent marks in a combination of Physics-Chemistry-Biology (PCB) or Physics-Chemistry-Biology-Mathematics (PCB) in Standard 12.”

The MoU was signed by the commander of Albert Ekka Brigade of Red Shield Division under the aegis of Spear Corps Brigadier Sachin Mehta, Director (HR) of IOCL Ranjan Kumar Mahapatra and Rohit Srivastava of NIEDO in the presence of other senior army officials and civil dignitaries.

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