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26 of 29 students from JNV Puducherry clear JEE Advanced, thanks to a couple of former IITians

JNV Puducherry showcased a brilliant JEE Advanced result this year thanks to Avanti Fellows, a student coaching organisation founded by former IITians Akshay Saxena and Krishna Ramkumar. Here’s the story of this organisation.

The JEE Advanced 2020 results were announced on October 8, and 26 out of 29 students from Puducherry’s Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti cleared the same. Aprameya Girish Hebbar from Karnataka topped the school with an all-India rank of 1562 in the JEE Advanced 2020 exam.

The inspiring result from the autonomous institution functioning under the education ministry is thanks to a non-profit organisation Avanti Fellows — established by two former IIT-ians who wanted to give students from underprivileged backgrounds the same opportunities as the more fortunate.

Akshay Saxena and Krishna Ramkumar started the organisation in 2010 with the support of the Pan-IIT alumni organization. Both Akshay and Krishna came from successful corporate careers — Krishna is a former gold-medalist at IIT Bombay and Akshay has an MBA from Harvard Business School.