BENGALURU: Shaheen Educational Institute, Bidar, will provide scholarships worth Rs 5 crore for long-term NEET repeaters from this academic year, with a focus on those in financial distress because of floods and coronavirus.

Abdul Qadeer, chairman, Shaheen Education Foundation, said: “This year, 400 — or 10% — government medical seats in the state will be bagged by meritorious students of Shaheen. Last year, it was 327 (8%).” In all, about 1,600 students got trained for NEET in Shaheen PU College last year.

As per the institution, scholarships will be offered at all its branches in the country and preference will be given to Kannada-medium students from Karnataka. More than 2,000 students are expected to benefit from the scholarship this year. Students who have lost their parents due to coronavirus will be provided NEET training for free. Students can register for free on the website for the scholarship. November 1 is the last day to register for the long-term NEET repeater scheme.

Over 15,000 students are enrolled across 42 branches of the institution throughout the country in 12 states, including Karnataka. This year, the toppers in NEET included Karthik Reddy (710/720 Marks in NEET, Karnataka State Rank 1st and All India NEET Rank 9th) and Arbaaz Ahmed (700/720 Marks in NEET, Karnataka State Rank 3rd).