Top 10 Spiciest Dishes of India

Spicy Indian curries and succulent Indian meats- both are incomplete without the use of spices. Spices are not just aromatic and flavourful, but also aid in digestion and have anti-inflammatory properties. Indian dishes are known for being a little too spicy, often getting people’s noses runny and leaving them grappling with the hot flavours. There are several states in the country known exclusively for the large doses of chillies used in their dishes. However, that doesn’t stop us from consuming more of these hot, fiery dishes!

Here are 10 extremely spicy dishes of India that you should try tasting at least once, more if your taste buds manage to survive! The dishes are starting from the Northernmost states and descending downwards.

Top 10 Spiciest Dishes of India

1. Rista

Rista is a mouth-wateringly spicy dish from the land of Kashmir. It is made of red meat, which is usually sourced from the leg of a lamb, and a tomato-based gravy. The gravy is basically made of tomato, garlic, ginger, red chilli powder and other spices. Richly aromatic, and delightful in taste- the Rista is one of the best culinary delights from Kashmir to be enjoyed with Naan and cumin Rice. The spicy flavour of this curry is not from balls of red Mutton, but the way the curry is cooked. What better way to get the body warm on a cold-wintry morning?

Click here to know the recipe of this dish.

2. Laal Maas

Laal Maas is a very popular Rajasthani speciality, which literally translates to “Red Meat”.  The source of the dish’s hotness is the special variety of Rajashtani red chillies known as Mathania. The curry must be prepared with two definitive features- mustard oil, which is again native to Rajasthan; and a prominent smoky flavour. The meat used in the curry is usually Mutton, cooked with raw spices and whole red Mathania chillies. Laal Maas was an all-time favourite with the erstwhile Rajput warriors of Rajasthan, who adulated its strong spices and extreme hot flavours.

Find out the recipe of this dish here.

3. Nagamese Pork Curry

Nagamese cuisine refers to the cuisine of the people of Nagaland; all-the way from North-Eastern India. It is often known to use several kinds of meat and some unusually exotic spices. The Bhut Jholokia, officially the spiciest chilli in the world, originated in Nagaland. It’s no wonder then that the Nagamese Pork Curry is on this list! This Naga curry has pork as its primary meat, but can also be cooked with chicken or fish. A unique feature of this dish is that it uses bamboo shoots in its seasoning. Nagamese Pork Curry is bursting with flavours and a delight for the spicy-food lover’s taste buds.

4. Vindaaloo

Vindaaloo is one of the most popular and well-known dishes from Goa, in Maharashtra. Its etymology signals towards the Portugese- ‘vin’ is for the vinegar, and ‘ahlo’ means garlic in Portuguese. This tingly, flavourful curry usually uses Pork meat with spicy chilli peppers, lots of garlic, vinegar and a variety of spices. Every bite of the Vindaloo satiates your taste buds and leaves you craving for more. Our advice to you before you dig into this mouth-numbing spicy curry – brace yourselves for impact!

Recipe for Pork Vindaloo can be found here.

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5. Phaal Curry

This is the world’s spiciest curry made of Bhut Naga Jolokia, which previously held the title of being the hottest chilli in the world. The curry is made of chicken or tomato, ginger, fresh and two dried chilies, with three teaspoons of chili powder. Several restaurants offer the Phaal Curry as an eating challenge, as it is compared to a live grenade in your mouth. It was invented by British Indian restaurants, who wanted to combine Indian spices with the spiciest chillies in the world. Some people complained of burned tongues and severe vomiting after consuming the phaal curry. We’ve warned you now- eat with caution!

6 Kolhapuri Chicken

Kolhapur in Maharashtra is widely known for its exquisite spices and fiery hot curries. Kolhapuri Chicken is one of its spiciest dishes, which is chicken marinated with cloves, dried red chillies and garlic paste and later cooked in a coconut-based curry. Non- Vegetarians fall in love with its delicious taste, gorging on its hot spicy goodness and the all-famous Kolhapuri masala. Another Kolhapuri dish that gets the fire going on your tongue is the Tambada Rassa, which also has mutton as its main meat component.

Click here for Kolhapuri Chicken’s recipe.

7. Saoji Chicken Curry

This delicious treat comes from one of the hottest cities in India, Nagpur- which is situated in Maharashtra. Tracing its roots to the Saoji community of Nagpur, their cuisine is also referred to as “Saoji Waradi”. Saoji Chicken Curry is a combination of the hottest spices you can think of, including whole ground garam masala

and some dried red chillies. Some other important spices used in the recipe are poppy seeds, powdered coconut, black pepper, dry coriander, bay leaves, grey cardamom, cinnamon, cloves etc. The spices are sautéed and the chicken is cooked along with some chicken stock, and served hot with rice. Alternatively, mutton may be used to cook this spicy curry.

8. Andhra Chilli Chicken

Andhra Pradesh’s cuisine uses huge amounts of chilli, and is known to burn tongues of the uninitiated. Some connote the use of the term “Andhra” in the dish solely to signify how spicy it is. The use of green chillies in the dish make it too hot to handle. Andhra chilli chicken is a boneless chicken dish, however, some people prefer having chicken with the bone too. It is a great addition to any party- whether as an appetizer or as a side dish to the famous rice Biryani. The chicken is marinated, and stir-fried or deep fried

, according to the taste requirement. The dish’s colour is almost green due to the huge amount of green chillies used in its deliciously spicy flavouring; thus, this dish is also known as Green Chilli Chicken. Keep the glasses of sweet sherbet ready for this one!

9. Chicken 65

‘Chicken 65’ is a deliciously spicy dish originally from Tamil Nadu. Made of Ginger, Garlic and Red Chillies, this dish is also garnished with coconut in its regional variation. The chicken meat is marinated in a ginger-garlic based paste, and fried till golden brown. Tamilian cuisine is in general also one of the spiciest and most aromatic in the country, especially in Chettinad. Chettinad Chicken, another dish from Tamil Nadu uses a variety of sun-dried meats such as fish, prawn, lobster, chicken and lamb. The meats are prepared along with salted vegetables, freshly ground spices, and topped with a boiled egg.

Check out the recipe here.

10. Kozhi Curry

Kozhi curry is a hot, spicy chicken curry from Kerala. One of the state’s hottest dishes- Kozhi curry uses both green and red chillies in its flavouring. The gravy has a brilliant red colour, and goes well with rice, parothas and appams. Also known as Nadan Kozhi curry, it has many regional variations as well within the state itself. Coconut oil and coconut water is also used for cooking this delightfully hot curry. The chicken is also marinated in a little bit of chilli powder, thereby making the meat pieces and the curry equally spicy. So, proceed at your own risk!

No matter how linguistically or culturally diverse the various states of India may be – spicy cooking appears to be a common favourite. These fiery, hot dishes are a must try for all food-lovers; albeit along with several glasses of water and some mishri. Enjoy these spicy delicacies and let us know your experience!

 

 

Top cop Jatin Narwal is the custodian of law and order of Delhi University he once topped

Delhi University (DU) boasts a number of Bollywood celebs, such as actors Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, as its alumni. However, the list of notable alumni of DU is not restricted to actors only, it also includes top cops. Jatin Narwal, IPS officer and DCP (North), who is often referred to as modest, humble and approachable by his subordinates and public alike, is one such IPS officer who is doing his university proud.

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As DCP (North), the Delhi Police top cop also takes care of the law and order of the North Campus of the University of Delhi, which falls in his administrative area. He shares some of his college memories with us. Excerpts:

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  • College: Hans Raj
  • Course: BA, History Honours
  • Year of enrolment: 2001

“Those were the days… I am from Haryana and getting into DU was itself an achievement for me. I remember the day I got admission in Hans Raj College, my mother stopped the car near Bahadurgarh border and bought sweets. Ladke ka DU mein admission ho gya tha, mithai toh banti thi (This boy got through DU, the occasion demanded sweets),” says the fit cop.

The hype and craze of Delhi University was much more during his college days, he says. “That time, neither the culture of going abroad was popular nor were there any private universities worth vying for. So, DU used to be the ‘it’ dream,” says Narwal.

And it was here that this Hans Raj College graduate nurtured a dream to excel at the prestigious administrative services. “The day I entered DU, I decided to go for USPC. When other students would hang out, I preferred to sit in the library and study,” says Narwal, who not only topped the college but was also among the University toppers.

However, he wasn’t the no-fun-only-books guy; he was up-to-date with the latest flicks, too. “Amba and Liberty theatres were my go-to places. I used to watch films on weekends with my friends, aur third year main Satyam khul gaya tha, to bas bike pe vahan chale jaatey the (and by the time I was in third year, we had Satyam. We would pick up our bikes and vroom there),” he says.

He is now married to Anamika, a civil servant posted as Divisional Forest Officer. And the two have recently become parents to an adorable daughter. “It is a great feeling and responsibility to safeguard your city. And I must say that my wife has been a great support… it’s not easy to be a cop’s wife,” he smiles.

 

Sex Offenders Cannot Be Barred From Social Media, Top US Court Says

The US Supreme Court unanimously struck down Monday a North Carolina law that barred registered sex offenders from using social media.

The suit in the nation’s highest court goes back to a seemingly harmless event in April 2010, when a man named Lester Packingham learned that authorities had dropped court proceedings stemming from a traffic ticket he had been given.

Packingham went to his Facebook page and wrote how relieved he was. “No fine. No court cost, no nothing spent… Praise be to GOD, WOW! Thanks, JESUS!” he wrote.

A police officer in Durham, North Carolina who was working to hunt down sex offenders online read the post.

Eight years earlier, at the age of 21, Packingham had been convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Sex Offenders Cannot Be Barred From Social Media, Top US Court Says
He got a suspended sentence of 10-12 months and his name was placed on a registry of sex offenders. And under a much disputed law enacted in North Carolina in 2008, Packingham was barred for 30 years from using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all other social media.

So Packingham was convicted again, this time for using Facebook before the 30-year deadline was over. Police who searched his home after the post was read found no evidence of any new sexual misbehavior toward minors.

He appealed, saying the North Carolina law violated his right to freedom of expression.

In his legal battle over the past six years, Packingham has won the support of libertarians and groups opposing internet restrictions.

In the other corner, Louisiana and 12 other states backed North Carolina, saying it was important to block sexual predators from collecting information on potential victims.

 

TOP TEN: The silver jewellery styles shining for SS17

For the May edition of Professional Jeweller magazine, we asked independent jewellers and suppliers to help us analyse the silver jewellery market.

Using the results from UK jewellery industry experts, we have compiled a list of the top ten silver jewellery trends shining for SS17.

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  1. Personalised Jewellery

When it comes to sterling silver fashion jewellery, the personalised trend still comes up top. However, independent retailers around the UK are experiencing differences in the type of personalised jewellery that is doing well in store. Some have noticed a dip in charms and the concept of adding to collection, while others have seen no signs of this concept slowing down. Many agree though that personalised jewellery is doing really in the gifting market, with many favouring lineal designs which can be engraved, or subtle nods to the recipients personality such as necklaces with an empowering meaning, or a charm symbolising the different birth months. Fabulous owner Jo Stroud sums it up well. She comments: “The most important thing for our customers is that a piece is relevant for the recipient – so the meaning of the piece is the compelling factor in what people are asking for or deciding on, rather than just the look.”

  1. Branded Goods

It will probably come as no surprise to you to hear that branded goods are still soaring for many independent jewellery retailers around the UK. Neil & Barker co-owner Allison Aldridge, explains: “Customers are quite price conscious but are always looking for something new and their spend is still often brand name driven, so this makes it a slow process for new brands to become popular.” John Pass Jewellers director, Andrew Pass, adds: “The rise in popularity of branded jewellery means that it is a great category to trade within.” Best selling brands noted by jewellers include Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Clogau, ChloBo and Vamp London to name just a few.

  1. Layering Necklaces

As the trend for stacking bracelets and rings continues, consumers are now experimenting with layering necklaces – whether that’s combining a sterling silver piece, with a gold plated design as the popularity of mix metals rises, or putting a variety of pieces together from the same designer. In response to this trend brands such as Dollie Jewellery and Kit Heath have been designed neckwear pieces which can be worn at multiple lengths. “We have designed specifically both shorter and longer neckwear options to create a variety of looks at different price points,” shares Kit Heath creative director, Katie Nickell. Dollie Jewellery distrubtor, Stephen Reece-Raybould, echoes: “In response to demand for this trend from retailers and consumers, we are now offering stacking necklaces in three different lengths.”

  1. Selfie Culture Adornments

With the art of the selfie still being perfected by millennials, the demand for consumers to adorn their ears has never been bigger. Some are opting to layer their ears with lots of piercings showcasing dainty designs, while others want large statement designs. One thing that is for sure is that ear jackets and ear climbers are still very popular, with jewellery giant Pandora investing in this trend for the very first time in its SS17 offering. Thomas Sabo UK managing director, Jon Crossick, comments on the trend: “We are definitely seeing growth in our earring and ear stud business. The selfie culture has meant that it is all about the face, and so big bold earrings, as well as lots of studs, are doing well.”

  1. Torques and Chokers

They say fashion trends come and go, well at the end of 2016 the 90s starting having its time again, with the choker leading the way for this era in the jewellery industry. The choker has moved a long way since the Spice Girl days, when kids walked around with an elastic necklace resembling a tattoo. Now brands are offering consumers a wide variety of designs, and expanding popular necklace ranges to include chokers and torques versions. Daisy London is the latest brand to do this as today it launched a Chakra Choker collection, taking one of its bestselling designs and transforming it to meet today’s consumer demands.

  1. Bolder and Brighter

For SS17 jewellery is getting bolder and brighter, a trend which has come directly from the catwalk. Gecko creative director, Desiree Pringle, explains: “We have definitely seen a move in our Beginnings collection towards bigger pieces and our recently introduced torques and bangles have been a huge hit.  Colour has been a popular addition in our Elements Silver collection and our sets of Swarovski crystal pendant and earring sets in soft blues, peach and opaline have been particularly well received in the bridal market.” With the festival season up us, and the sun (hopefully) shining, SS17 provides the perfect time for consumers to add a splash of colour to their accessories and favour bold and bright designs over minimalism.

  1. Showstoppers

Similar to consumers making waves towards bolder and brighter designs, across many jewellery categories consumers are looking for showstoppers. Whether a big statement ring which will catch people’s attention, a large necklace, or a wide cuff, consumers are investing in sterling silver pieces which feel like good value for money. They are testing the weight of a piece and looking for something which will be noticed. Rachel Galley, founder of the eponymous brand, explains: “I think there is a call for heavier pieces. As such I am focusing on some showstoppers within my range as well as those essential every day pieces.” Jewellery designer Lucy Quartermaine, who has seen a rise in larger necklaces this quarter, adds: “It’s all about Jewellery with a twist at the moment. Statement pieces that stand out and offer something different.”

  1. Birthstone Twists

As personalised jewellery comes in all different shapes and forms at the moment, the classic birthstone has been transformed by many brands to make this style of personalisation suitable for fashion conscious consumers. First of all, consumers no longer have to stick to a classic birthstone piece, they can no pick something more trend driven – whether that’s an ear jacket from the new Dower & Hall Twinkle range, or a stackable semi-precious stone adorned bangle from Chrysalis. For brands, the birthstone offering needs to stay fresh, and for retailers, new adaptations of jewellery reflecting a certain month provides opportunities for exciting and eye-catching window displays.

  1. Perfect Plating

Rose and yellow gold plated pieces are also the order of the day for independent jewellery retailers in the UK, with a particular emphasis on making sure they only stock brands with a good track record of the plating being resistant. Consumers are savvy than ever before and millennials in particular will review a product before they even set foot in a store, so it is important to invest in good plated pieces. Dollie Jewellery distributor, Stephen Reece-Raybould, explains: “I am sure that this [the plating trend] will grow more as the year goes on, and customers will mix their stacks depending on what they wear. Rose gold plating will need to be high quality though as the consumer expects the finish to last.”

  1. Long Live Classics

While other trends may come and go, there will always be a need for classic designs. Neil & Barker co-owner Allison Aldridge shares: “Recently, I think customers are looking for more longevity and are turning to more classic pieces of jewellery with pendants and earrings.” Classic by no means has to mean boring though, and brands such as Curteis, Kit Heath and Gecko have been expanding their selection of timeless designs with geometric shapes, elegant flows and tiny details. Curteis sales and marketing manager, Claire Davies, explains: “Our customers are searching for very simple, elegant shapes and recognisable symbols with a look of quality and longevity.  A simple sweeping circle or flowing infinity knot can be a thing of beauty when executed correctly.”

 

Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

People often ask me what kind of personality traits successful entrepreneurs possess? I’ve always maintained a mental list, based on my observations over years of meeting with entrepreneurs who have founded, scaled and exited businesses.

To explore this further, I thought it might be interesting to gather the perspectives of professional investors at venture capital funds who have backed some of the biggest names in technology startups including Pinterest, Uber, Boxed and SeatGeek. In general, several recurring attributes emerge, supporting the fact that investors believe there is a certain personality profile that is predictive of success. Furthermore, many of these traits are areas that entrepreneurs can diligently work on and improve, and not necessarily things that are innate — meaning people aren’t just born with it. Five traits that tend to be associated with the most successful entrepreneurs include:

Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

1. Tenacity.

In my interactions with VCs, this probably comes up as the single most critical ingredient to realizing entrepreneurial success. The value of tenacity was not lost on Woody Allen, who’s credited with coining the notion that “80 percent of success is showing up.” Nihal Mehta, ENIAC Ventures, looks for a founder’s ability to break through walls. He suggests, “startups have many twists and turns, ups and downs. Founders who go the distance look at each challenge and pace themselves to overcome each and every one.”

2. Passion.

Related to tenacity is motivation — why is an entrepreneur so focused on solving a particular problem? Chances are, if it’s purely about fame or fortune, the inevitable frustration that will come along when things don’t go smoothly may start eroding the intensity needed. Some investors look for opportunities where an entrepreneur is trying to solve a personal problem. “I like entrepreneurs who decided to solve a pain point that affected them personally,” says Vasu Kulkarni, Courtside Ventures. “The conviction to solve a problem is always stronger when you are passionate about it, and generally that tends to stem from issues that you can relate to personally.”

3. Confident humility.

Though it may sound like a contradiction, investors cite confidence and humility as traits that they’d like to see in the founders they back. Changing the status quo requires conviction and steadfastness that is convincing to investors, customers and employees. At the same time, the ability to listen and adjust is critical in being responsive to ever-changing challenges. Checking individual pride at the door is key to this. David Frankel, Founder Collective, looks for “audacity” but encourages entrepreneurs to balance this with some degree of humility and to always be asking questions.

4. Clarity of thought.

A straight line between a problem and a solution demonstrates a mastery of knowledge that presents an entrepreneur as someone who knows his or her stuff, as well as as an ability to effectively communicate. Having domain expertise is critical, but if you cannot present it as such, it can give the impression that there may be holes in the vision or ability to execute it. Matt Turck, FirstMark Capital said, “The best founders are deep students of their industry and entrepreneurship in general. They focus on understanding every single nuance. This manifests itself through clarity of thought.”

5. Curiosity.

An important part of being innovative is thinking about the “what ifs” of a business. Being reactive and responsive is important but it should be blended with a proactive approach to identifying and solving problems. This requires a level of curiosity which can save time and money. Matt Hartman, Betaworks, says “we invest in people building products that are fundamentally about new consumer behaviors. In these types of products, it’s critical to be curious about how and why new behaviors emerge.”

It is no coincidence that as businesses evolve and go from one stage to the next, so does the development of their founders and leadership team.

 

Top ten rank holders in AIIMS MBBS entrance test our students, say rival schools

India’s coaching centres sell dreams to millions of young students, often claiming sureshot formulas to crack the country’s tough medical or engineering exams. Many of them also deliver on their promise.

But the cut-throat nature of the business played out in a bizarre manner on Thursday with two institutes laying claim to the top ten rank holders in the MBBS entrance exams conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The results were declared at around 2 am on Thursday. AIIMS does not declare a list of toppers.

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One of the institutes is based in Kota, a city in Rajasthan which is known as the coaching centre of the country with 40-odd institutes that admit 1.5 lakh students annually.

A few hours after the results were declared, the Kota-based Allen Career Institute said the top ten were its students, led by all-India topper Nishita Purohit from Surat in Gujarat.

Institute director Naveen Maheshwari gave out the names and positions of the others as well — Archit Gupta (2) followed by Tamoghna Ghosh, Nipun Chandra, Harsh Agarwal, Rishav Raj, Harshit Anand, Rinku Sarmah, Abhishek Dogra and Manish Moolchandani.

Later in the day, another coaching institute, Aakash Educational Services Pvt Ltd (AESPL), came out with its own list of 11 students who were placed in the top twelve position. These students included several on Allen’s list.

“Out of the top 12 ranks, from our classroom programme, Tamoghna Ghosh secured 3rd AIR, Nipun Chandra secured 4th AIR, Harsh Aggarwal secured 5th AIR (classroom+distance), Abhishek Dogra secured 9th AIR,” an AESPL statement said.

AESPL also laid claim to the first and second toppers, Nishita Purohit and Archit Gupta, saying they were pursuing distance learning programmes. It said Harshit Anand (AIR 7), Rinku Sarmah (AIR 8) and Manish Mulchandani (AIR 10) were took distance cources.

At a press conference in Kota, Purohit, Gupta and Moolchandani (spelt Mulchandani by AESPL) said they were regular classroom students with Allen.

A relative who answered an HT call to Tamoghna Ghosh said he was a distance learning student of Allen and a regular with AESPL. Nipun Chandra’s family also said he was a regular with AESPL and had pursued two to three online tests with Allen.

Harshit Anand said he was a regular with Allen, as were Harsh Agarwal and Rishav Raj. Abhishek Dogra had done part of his coaching with Allen and part of it with AESPL.

The business of coaching in India is said to run into crores of rupees with lakhs of students seeking help to crack the competitive exams to secure a seat in one of the prestigious colleges, which in turn could land them a well-paying job. Experts, however, say the competition puts students under pressure, driving many to suicide.

 

Top ten rank holders in AIIMS MBBS entrance test our students, say rival schools

India’s coaching centres sell dreams to millions of young students, often claiming sureshot formulas to crack the country’s tough medical or engineering exams. Many of them also deliver on their promise.

But the cut-throat nature of the business played out in a bizarre manner on Thursday with two institutes laying claim to the top ten rank holders in the MBBS entrance exams conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The results were declared at around 2 am on Thursday. AIIMS does not declare a list of toppers.

One of the institutes is based in Kota, a city in Rajasthan which is known as the coaching centre of the country with 40-odd institutes that admit 1.5 lakh students annually.

AIIMS MBBS 2017

A few hours after the results were declared, the Kota-based Allen Career Institute said the top ten were its students, led by all-India topper Nishita Purohit from Surat in Gujarat.

Institute director Naveen Maheshwari gave out the names and positions of the others as well — Archit Gupta (2) followed by Tamoghna Ghosh, Nipun Chandra, Harsh Agarwal, Rishav Raj, Harshit Anand, Rinku Sarmah, Abhishek Dogra and Manish Moolchandani.

Later in the day, another coaching institute, Aakash Educational Services Pvt Ltd (AESPL), came out with its own list of 11 students who were placed in the top twelve position. These students included several on Allen’s list.

“Out of the top 12 ranks, from our classroom programme, Tamoghna Ghosh secured 3rd AIR, Nipun Chandra secured 4th AIR, Harsh Aggarwal secured 5th AIR (classroom+distance), Abhishek Dogra secured 9th AIR,” an AESPL statement said.

AESPL also laid claim to the first and second toppers, Nishita Purohit and Archit Gupta, saying they were pursuing distance learning programmes. It said Harshit Anand (AIR 7), Rinku Sarmah (AIR 8) and Manish Mulchandani (AIR 10) were took distance cources.

At a press conference in Kota, Purohit, Gupta and Moolchandani (spelt Mulchandani by AESPL) said they were regular classroom students with Allen.

A relative who answered an HT call to Tamoghna Ghosh said he was a distance learning student of Allen and a regular with AESPL. Nipun Chandra’s family also said he was a regular with AESPL and had pursued two to three online tests with Allen.

Harshit Anand said he was a regular with Allen, as were Harsh Agarwal and Rishav Raj. Abhishek Dogra had done part of his coaching with Allen and part of it with AESPL.

The business of coaching in India is said to run into crores of rupees with lakhs of students seeking help to crack the competitive exams to secure a seat in one of the prestigious colleges, which in turn could land them a well-paying job. Experts, however, say the competition puts students under pressure, driving many to suicide.

 

AIIMS MBBS result 2017: Top 10 from one Kota coaching school. Isn’t it odd?

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) MBBS 2017 examination results, which came out on Thursday, has baffled many of us. Here’s why: Ten students who were coached for the examination by a single tutorial, Allen Career Institute, in Rajasthan’s Kota have grabbed the top 10 ranks in these intensely competitive exams. Last year too, eight of Allen’s students had made it to the top 10 in the AIIMS 2016 exam while three had bagged the first top three ranks in National Eligibility and Entrance Test 2016, which is meant for admission to the MBBS/BDS courses in medical/dental colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the ministry of health.

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Without taking away anything from the super achievers who went through an insanely punishing schedule by the institute, an important question must be raised at this juncture: Has this particular institute cracked the code/pattern of these examinations to get such a perfect score? While there is no proof, it could have happened since the medical course is finite and does not change very often even through regular breakthroughs take place in the field of every day. So it could be possible that the institute/institutes have figured out a pattern in these exams by studying the questions of the last few years. Earlier, there have also been accusations against these institutes that they ‘buy’ the best students by offering them financial incentives, the best teachers, accommodation and world class facilities for free to ensure that the chosen ones get the top ranks. For the institutes, such good results ensure mileage to attract more students. Let’s not forget, for every successful student, there will be scores of others who will not make it. In fact, it’s not just in medical and engineering that we have such coaching factories; even for the prestigious Indian Administrative Services there are coaching institutes which have had a record of notching up top slots year after year.

If anything, the education policy-makers and all those who are involved in the setting the examination papers must treat the 2017 results as a wake-up call for screening the system.

They must investigate how these institutes are managing to produce such brilliant results year after year. While no one is denying that there is a lot of hard work involved in passing these examinations, the authorities must keep a strict watch to prevent anyone from ‘gaming’ the screening system so that all students get a fair chance to get into the top institutions.

 

AIIMS MBBS entrance results: Hopes dashed as only 2 boys from Chandigarh in top 100

After a super Sunday performance by engineering aspirants of Chandigarh and its adjoining towns of Panchkula and Mohali, it was a disappointing Thursday for their medical counterparts with only two boys from the city making it to the top 100 of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) MBBS 2017 entrance exam.

The results were declared early on Thursday.

Navtej Mangat, a student of St John’s High School, Sector 26, Chandigarh, secured the 40th rank and Ankush Jindal from British School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, was ranked 65.

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WORK HARD, STAY CONFIDENT

Navtej is the son of an army officer, Colonel NS Mangat, who is posted in Patiala. His mother, Tejinder Mangat, is a teacher at Ajit Karam Singh International Public School (AKSIPS), Sector 41, Chandigarh.

Sharing his success mantra, Navtej said, “Patience and hard work are the keys to success. Have faith in yourself and never underestimate or overestimate yourself.”

He said he studied for seven to eight hours daily apart from coaching.

“My father’s elder brother is my inspiration. He is an ENT specialist in Canada. My priority is India as my country needs doctors,” he said.

STUDIED 7 HOURS A DAY BESIDES COACHING

A student of British School, Sector 44, Chandigarh, Ankush Jindal is the son of neurosurgeon Anupam Jindal and cancer specialist Manishi Jindal.

“The rank came as surprise, indeed. I studied for about seven hours a day. I simply followed the advice of my teachers. You can say I blindly followed their methods of teaching,” Ankush said.

DISAPPOINTING RESULT

Trainers of pre-medical entrance tests disappointed with the results.

Last year, five students from the tricity of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali secured ranks in the top 100.

Chandigarh girl Aarushi had topped the tricity by securing the 10th rank, while Japnoor Kaur came 32nd.

There were high hopes after the IIT JEE advanced results were declared on Sunday. Eight tricity students made it to the top 100, including national topper and Panchkula boy Sarvesh Mehtani, in the engineering entrance exam.

 

AIIMS MBBS result 2017: Top 10 from one Kota coaching school. Isn’t it odd?

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) MBBS 2017 examination results, which came out on Thursday, has baffled many of us. Here’s why: Ten students who were coached for the examination by a single tutorial, Allen Career Institute, in Rajasthan’s Kota have grabbed the top 10 ranks in these intensely competitive exams. Last year too, eight of Allen’s students had made it to the top 10 in the AIIMS 2016 exam while three had bagged the first top three ranks in National Eligibility and Entrance Test 2016, which is meant for admission to the MBBS/BDS courses in medical/dental colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the ministry of health.

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Without taking away anything from the super achievers who went through an insanely punishing schedule by the institute, an important question must be raised at this juncture: Has this particular institute cracked the code/pattern of these examinations to get such a perfect score? While there is no proof, it could have happened since the medical course is finite and does not change very often even through regular breakthroughs take place in the field of every day. So it could be possible that the institute/institutes have figured out a pattern in these exams by studying the questions of the last few years. Earlier, there have also been accusations against these institutes that they ‘buy’ the best students by offering them financial incentives, the best teachers, accommodation and world class facilities for free to ensure that the chosen ones get the top ranks. For the institutes, such good results ensure mileage to attract more students. Let’s not forget, for every successful student, there will be scores of others who will not make it. In fact, it’s not just in medical and engineering that we have such coaching factories; even for the prestigious Indian Administrative Services there are coaching institutes which have had a record of notching up top slots year after year.

If anything, the education policy-makers and all those who are involved in the setting the examination papers must treat the 2017 results as a wake-up call for screening the system.

They must investigate how these institutes are managing to produce such brilliant results year after year. While no one is denying that there is a lot of hard work involved in passing these examinations, the authorities must keep a strict watch to prevent anyone from ‘gaming’ the screening system so that all students get a fair chance to get into the top institutions.