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Men who matter


K.V. Krishna Kumar

"Parents have a wrong thinking that children should take up the preparatory IIT-JEE coaching only during their Intermediate days. If really one aspires to join either of the seven IITs, then the grooming process should start from the Std.VIII onwards," says the director of Kaizen Academy, K.V. Krishna Kumar.

Hailing from Krishna district, he started the academy in 1997 to prepare students for the country's premier technological institution - Indian Institutes of Technology.

After completing his B.Tech. (Hons.) from BITS-Pilani, Mr. Krishna Kumar proceeded to IIT-Mumbai for his M.Tech. and Ph.D.

After a six-year stint with the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, as assistant professor he ventured to set up this institute in Visakhapatnam.

"Teaching has always been dear to my heart. Moreover, grooming youngsters for IITs has been my passion," says he.

Kaizen is an exclusive institute that deals with IIT-JEE and AIEEE exams. The two-year exclusive course is one of its kind in the city.

Stimulate minds

"The preparation for IIT-JEE or AIEEE is all about honing one's analytical skills. It has nothing to do with mugging up a few lessons. The minds have to be stimulated to apply logically over a problem. And that is the reason why I have started the foundation course for students from Std.VIII to Std.X. The coaching methodology is totally different at my institute. Apart from making the students think, I ensure that they went deep into the subject. Any IIT aspirant should study six to eight hours on his or her own at home, apart from the daily grind in my institute or at their college."

To keep him abreast of the latest happenings, Mr. Krishna Kumar himself studies for over three to four hours on a daily basis.

"Answering complicated questions from the students is a challenge for me and I encourage my students to put searching questions."

On his dream goal, he says, "I would like to see more girls getting into the IITs." He claims that he has over 40 per cent success rate at his institute.

"Students who undergo the grind in my institute have mostly found admission in some good institutes in the country.

For example, students who have not made the IIT grade are either placed well in some good engineering college or in one of the top management institutes. The reason behind is the foundation that they get her."

S.B.

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