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95% girls from JNV clear JEE Mains exam

LUCKNOW: Shipra Kumari, daughter of a shopkeeper who sells gift items for a living, cracked the JEE Main with a score of 132 marks. A student of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Lucknow, Shipra is among 93 girl students from the JNVs across India to have cleared the test. They will now appear for JEE Advanced, the final gateway for coveted Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), on May 21.
The high success rate of girls – 95% (93 out of 98)- in the first step towards getting into IITs, which are considered male bastions, comes at a time when the Central government has decided to have a quota for women students in IITs. The government plans to raise the number of women students at IITs from the current 8-9% to 20% by 2020.

The girls attended classes at Dakshana Foundation, which runs free JEE coaching for JNV at seven centres. While 100% students of Hyderabad and Pune centres made the cut, 29 out of 30 girls who appeared for JEE (Main) from the Lucknow centre got through. In Silvassa, 36 out of 40 students cleared JEE (Main). In all, 381 of the 390 students from the seven JNVs qualified for JEE Mains this year. All these students hail from poor families with an annual income of Rs 1.5 lakh or less.


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