Beyond Competition and Coaching – Unleashing the Spirit of Kota

What comes to your mind when you hear about Kota ?

We’re sure some similar images….

In early 80’s few coaching centers gained reputation from nationwide and since then it has established itself as the coaching hub of the country.

Thousands of student flock here every year to prepare for competitive exams. The whole economy of Kota city is largely dependent on these coaching institutes. Roughly 1.6 lakh teenagers from the surrounding states flock to Kota’s coaching institutes every year, paying between 50,000 and a lakh for annual tuition.

Though, recently Kota is projecting itself as a suicide hub of country in national and international media coverage. Recently, a 17 year old girl committed suicide. Before jumping from a 5 storey building, she wrote a suicide note which opened many questions about Kota and its system for us to ponder over.

If you scroll wikipedia, this is how it starts describing Kota –

Always known for the 3K’s – Kota Kachori; Kota Stone; Kota Doria, the city has made a name for itself in various different aspects – ranging from food to sustainable businesses.

But is that it ?

In the admist of Kota institiutes giving top ranks in IIT-JEE / AIMPT, construction of many many hostels, peek in economic growth as well as in the number of suicides, Kota Kachori becoming spicer evey year, and more; the city has begun to see a new wave which has nothing to do with education, studies, success, stress, or competitive exams.

Kota is already blessed with ceaseless water supply, lip-smacking cuisine and some of the most picturesque surroundings close by full of natural beauty – the city has everything you would want in your getaway. But make no mistake. It is not some rural, secluded town amidst dessert. It exudes an alluring character of its own making it one of the most unique cities of the country. Some people complain that Kota does not have a life because that everything gets closed past 9 pm. We think differently, and we make sure after reading this post you’ll  too !

Like always there are few who seem to be critical, their doubt being whether this change would hamper the image of Kota as an education city.We feel happier than ever. Sticking to just few options always put limitations. While exploration tends to sprout new possibilities; it breaks the old ways of doing and creates a new aura of enthusiasm.

Here we are talking about all new things Kota is beginning to witness.

Are you still stuck with the same IIT mindset and see Kota just as a city of competition and coaching ?

Or you have grown over it (maybe tired of it, finally) and eager to welcome a lighter, brighter and more lively side of Kota and life as a whole.

Share your views with us.

Special thanks to Namrata for the featured poster and Neha for the inputs in the content