**Bhubaneswar:** Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated the students of OMC Super 30, who qualified in JEE Advance/Main, at Jaydev Bhawan here on Friday.
While a batch of 60 underprivileged talented students of the state were provided 11-month free residential coaching by Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) to compete in the IIT and other premier engineering exams, 52 have qualified the JEE Mains and had written the JEE Advance Exam. Out of these 52 candidates, 24 have qualified in the JEE Advance Exam. It is expected that most of the students will be eligible for admission in the IITs and NITs, an OMC press note stated.
Of these 52 students, 13 are from SC category, 2 from ST category and 17 from OBC category. Two girl students have also qualified the JEE Mains.
OMC has borne the entire financial cost of Rs 1.5 crores (Rs 2.5 lakhs per candidate), as per the press note.
As a part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), OMC, the largest State Public Sector undertaking in the country in mining sector with a turnover of Rs 2000 crores in fiscal 2015-16, has started an initiative to support underprivileged yet bright students for higher education in collaboration with the Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL), New Delhi.
OMC has taken the initiative to support the coaching of talented students after Class 12 for competing in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for IITs, NITs, etc.
Two batches of 30 students each were started under the initiative in 2015.
While ‘OMC Super 30’ batch was started with 30 students from Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Jagatsinghpur, Khurdha, Kalahandi, Koraput and Rayagada districts and another 30 students from all over the state under ‘OMC Super 30 Odisha’ batch were imparted free coaching.
All the students were from the families with income of less than Rs 2.5 lakhs per annum.
The newly admitted next batch of 60 underprivileged talented students of ‘OMC Super 60’ was also welcomed on the occasion.