Deepak Sahu of Chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh, and Krishnanshu Tanwar of Bharatpur district, Rajasthan, have many things in common. They are both medical students, have studied in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) schools, both raised in humble families for whom education was a luxury. Had they not been introduced to the NEET coaching under Tata Motors’ ENABLE programme, they would possibly have missed their calling of becoming doctors. While Deepak scored 715/720 in NEET 2020 and an all-India rank of #5, and joined AIIMS Delhi, Krishnanshu scored 705/720 in NEET 2020 with an all-India rank of #53 and is now studying at Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi. 

Striving to help deserving students like Krishnanshu and Deepak secure a place in the country’s higher education institutes through focused coaching, Tata Motors launched the Engineering and NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test) Admission Bridge Accelerated Learning Engagement initiative – ENABLE – in January 2021, in association with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Avanti Fellows and Ex-Navodayan Foundation. 

ENABLE is a digitally-enabled remote-learning initiative that prepares talented class 11 and 12 students studying across 552 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) in the country to take JEE and NEET competitive exams, providing access to resources and guidance that might otherwise not be easily available to them. The programme extends field-leading, free-of-cost coaching with targeted mentoring and continuous evaluation, supported by the benefits of a digital medium. With 20 times lesser cost per successful student as compared to any other premier coaching programme in the country, ENABLE has helped create a 10-fold increase in access to elite colleges in STEM. Overall, 35% of the students supported by this programme make it to prestigious engineering and medical institutes of the country. In FY22, Tata Motors has helped 3,400 students enrol in India’s top engineering and medical schools, 40% of them being women. 

Expressing his hope that the scope and impact of the programme will expand in the coming years, Vinod Kulkarni, CSR Head, Tata Motors, said, ‘As a responsible corporate citizen committed towards enriching the youth of the country, Tata Motors has exerted continued emphasis on the need of making quality education accessible to all. Vidyadhanam, one of the core pillars of focus in our CSR programme, is entirely devoted towards taking tangible steps to strengthen education. ENABLE is focused on helping augment the efforts of secondary-school students in their journey towards transitioning into higher education, and strives to provide promising youth from underserved communities all the help they need to make their engineering and medical aspirations come true. The initiative is fundamentally underscored by the benefits of digitisation, and has helped us expand accessibility significantly, with remarkable results from enrolled students across India.’

The programme was first executed in Puducherry in 2011, and later replicated in JNVs across Mangalore, Palghar, Kolhapur and Rajgir. It transitioned to a digital learning model in January 2021, expanding to the entire JNV system across 26 states and 8 union territories in the country. Since inception, over 45,000 students have been a part of ENABLE. Going forward, the programme hopes to place 15,000 students in high-employability STEM courses (like Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Agriculture).