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Source : DNA

A group of 31 first-year MBA students of Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resources Development (SCMHRD) and Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT) has been providing free coaching to 24 schoolchildren of 14 staffers on SIIB campus for the last four years.

Viraja Bhat, assistant professor and head of the department of information technology and chief mentor for Kshitij, a community development initiative, said, "We started in June 2008 after it was suggested to us that these employees cannot afford private coaching for their kids."

The classes are run from Monday to Saturday, between 7.30 and 9 pm, said Vishal Patil, one of the mentors.

The classes seem to be paying off. Subhash Goriwale, father of Sameer Goriwale, who is now in standard XI and has been coming for the classes since standard VIII, said, "Before getting tutored by these students, my son would score only about 60% on an average. In standard VIII, his marks rose to 70%, in standard IX he got 73% and in SSC he got an average of 78%."

Gayatri Mahadik, a standard IV student, who is been coming here for the last two years, said, "I now get 25 out of 30 in maths, science and English in class. Earlier, I would get only about 13. Even the teachers at my school have noticed the improvement."

Nikhil Joshi, a standard VII student, said, "What I like most about the tuition here is that the teachers take their time to patiently explain anything we don't understand."