Testing Goa’s students

By on September 17, 2014
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As the brain behind the Aryaan Study Circle and the Mushtifund Aryaan Higher Secondary School in Panaji, VYANKATESH PRABHUDESAI has been responsible for increasing the number of Goan students who crack the all-India engineering and medical entrance exams. What started as a coaching class has transformed into an unaided higher secondary school which focuses on training students for not just the board exams, but for the all-India entrance tests as well.

Giving up a lucrative career in India and abroad, Vyankatesh Prabhudesai from Loliem, Canacona, felt the need to provide Goan students with an opportunity to study in the right manner to crack the all-India entrance tests for engineering and medicine. 

He speaks from experience, being a Bachelor in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Powai, Maharashtra, a Masters in Engineering from the famed Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) or German Academic Exchange Service Fellow. Determined to bring an ‘Educational Revolution’ to the state, in 2004, he started the Aryaan Study Circle to coach students. A tie up with the Mushtifund Saunstha created the Mushtifund Aryaan Higher Secondary School, an institute which integrated the school and the coaching classes, thereby allowing students to manage their time better with the exclusion of separate tuition. VIVA GOA speaks to Prabhudesai about his love for studies and how discovered his calling in education. 

On getting into IIT Getting into IIT was something I hadn’t planned. Coming from a small village, I studied in the temple premises with three other students, and later, in  Class V, I joined the Damodar Vidyalaya in Loliem where I completed my schooling in Marathi. I did not have much competition in school and always topped the class, so I needed some direction and here my ‘gurus’ Shambhu Prabhudesai, Datta Prabhumoni, Arun Bhat and Manohar Amshekhar came into the picture. They completely changed my thought process and hence my life. I was also inspired by a lecture series by Prof Ramesh Sapre on ‘Character Formation’ when I was in Class 8. The credit also goes to my parents who kept me away from bad influences.

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