THE Lucknow Guidance and Counselling Centre (LGCC) set up by the Aaghaz Foundation, a community-driven organisation working to eradicate illiteracy among Indian Muslim, in 2011 is showing encouraging results.
After the success of seven students who cleared a key banking exam, underprivileged Muslim students counselled/coached at LGCC are finding their footings in other fields too. These are some latest success stories –
1) Aiunul Hasan has been selected for a lucrative job at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Gurgaon.
2) Kalbe Ali has ranked 448 in UPSEE (competitive exam for management and technical course), and has got a seat at Galgotia College of Engineering and Technology, Greater Noida. The college is among top 10 colleges of UP and has an exceptional placement record.
3) Farwa Naqvi has been selected for B.Sc. Agriculture at Aligarh Muslim University. Initially, her parents wanted her to join a relatively lesser known college in Rae Bareilly. But after a counselling session with the centre changed their mind.
4) Bhupendra Kumar has been selected in JNU All India competitive exam for M.Sc. Biotechnology. He was allotted a seat at Allahabad University but has instead chosen Banaras Hindu University to pursue M.Sc. Biochemistry.
Besides, around 35 second batch students preparing for various competitive exams, dozens of poor Muslim students visit LGCC daily for counselling.
Aaghaz Foundation is likely to announce a course for armed and defence forces too, starting next month.