Shaheen Group of Institutions in Bidar has now joined hands with the district administration in its fight against COVID-19 by offering one of its hostels for setting up a COVID-19 care centre.
The 300-bed hostel near Shahapur Gate in the city, which has all the necessary amenities, was handed over to the district administration in a simple inaugural ceremony recently.
Bidar Deputy Commissioner Ramachandran R. and Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Panchayat Gyanendra Kumar Gangwar and Shaheen Group chairman Abdul Qadir were among the dignitaries present on the occasion. “The COVID-19 care centre is well-equipped with all amenities, including oxygen cylinder pipes. We have already had a COVID-19 centre at Zeera Function Hall and this will be the second one. We are planning to add more such centres in the days to come. I am very glad to see that civil society organisations such as Shaheen Group are increasingly joining hands with the district administration to fight the pandemic,” Mr. Ramachandran said.
Mr. Gangwar recalled how the Shaheen Group helped the administration to collect throat swab samples from thousands of people when the novel coronavirus showed its presence for the first time in the city.
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).