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Whose baby is Valley’s NEET topper?

Some coaching centres claim credit for his success, Association calls meeting to discuss issue

Sofi Sajad

Srinagar Oct 21 (KINS): Some coaching centres have been fighting to take credit for success of Basit Bilal Khan, who emerged winner in NEET 2020 exam from Jammu and Kashmir.

Last week, NEET 2020 results were announced. Basit Bilal Khan from Pulwama topped the NEET exam in Jammu and Kashmir, scoring 695 out of 720 marks.

“I am thankful to God for bestowing this success on me. I am thankful for my parents who supported me always and also of my teachers who showed me a track and guided me and worked hard on me,” he told reporters after his success.

Now a controversy has raked as some coaching centres are trying to take credit for his success.

As per the details available with news agency KINS, a fight has begun between some coaching centres, claiming he being a student of their coaching centres.

Administer of one of the coaching centres in Baghat Barzulla claims that Bilal has been their student.

“Another coaching centre is making only false claims that he has been their student,” the administrator claimed.

While the other coaching centre also claims that Bilal has been their student.

“It was our faculty who guided him. Owner of another coaching centre is misleading people that Bilal studied there. It was our faculty who would teach him, which you can confirm from Basit,” one of the employees of this coaching centre said.

When KINS contacted the owner of this coaching centre he said it is better to confirm it from the student. “What can I say, you people should confirm it from the student and his parents,” he said.

However Bilal told news agency KINS that he does not want to fall into any controversy. “Faculty of the coaching centre has guided me. I dedicate my success to parents, friends, and teachers,” he added.

The fight between coaching centres has not gone well to students. “If our intellectuals fight on these issues like this, what we can expect from a common man,” said Adil Ahmad, who is a student of one of the coaching centres in uptown Srinagar.

“Had he (Basit) not performed well, these coaching centres would not have own him. These coaching centres are doing it only for their personal interests. They have made education a business here,” he said.

Mohmmad Aslam, a resident of Jawhar Nagar said coaching centres have become business centres with an “ulterior motive of earning money”.

“They hardly care about children’s education . There is no check on their activities. They are putting students’ career at stake and not following rules,” Aslam said.

He said that the administration has failed to streamline these coaching centres. “The district administration should wake up and set the things right in these coaching centers,”

Latif Masoodi one of the members of Coaching Centres’ Association of Kashmir termed the incident unfortunate. “The incident has come to our notice. We have convened a meeting today to sort out the issue and know all the facts,” he told KINS over phone.

He said once they will know the facts they will share it to the media as well.

However Masoodi said that all the coaching centres in valley are working hard to give their best to the students. ” It is not about personal interests are minting money. Our motive is not to fight each other. We believe in unity and want to give the best education to the students ,” he said.

It is to mention here that Lieutenant Governor (LG), Manoj Sinha on Tuesday met J&K NEET topper Basit Bilal Khan at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar.

The LG congratulated the topper for his extraordinary feat and commended him for setting an incredible example for all the youngsters.

“I wish him many more laurels in the future. He represents our future and his hard work and perseverance are going to inspire many to achieve their goals”, the LG said.

Applauding the efforts of young NEET qualifiers from across J&K, Manoj Sinha remarked that he was well aware of the inherent strengths of people of the region and the government was committed to providing the requisite environment for their progress.(KINS)

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