Young entrepreneur Masrat aspires to make up for learning loss of students amid COVID-19

Mushtaq Bhat

Srinagar, May, 07, : The 27-year-old Masrat Farooq from Srinagar is probably one of the young entrepreneurs of the Valley who made a name with hard work, passion and creativity. Her entrepreneurial journey spans from being an unknown ordinary learner to founder of ‘smart classes home tuition’.
Masrat started the smart tuitions during the early days of COVID-19 pandemic.
Sharing her experience she said, “It was the first wave of COVID-19 when the whole world was under the grip of the pandemic and everyone was afraid to step out. Then it occurred to me that everything can be compensated for except education.”
“I believe that we shall overcome all losses arising from any pandemic, but the academic loss of students is difficult to rectify, and the valuable time of schooling that has passed cannot be repaid.”

That is when the idea of smart classes home tuition struck her, and she immediately started the endeavour with only three students in Srinagar.
“After that, I started home tuition, and at first, I had three teachers who were visiting for home tuition,” adding that after receiving positive feedback, “I started receiving more and more requests.”
“By Allah’s grace, today I have around 80 teachers and have enrolled over 300 students.”
She says she gradually hired some brilliant minds from various parts of Srinagar. “Together with my brilliant team, I fought tirelessly to make up for the academic loss, and we were praised and applauded for our efforts,” she added.
“I am glad that three students from our smart tuitions programme excelled in the 10th-grade board exams, scoring above 99 percent. I am excited to take our smart classes to new heights by providing creative, high-quality, and career-oriented education,” she said.
The young entrepreneur said they engaged well-trained, and enthusiastic educators “who are intellectually preparing students and influencing their lives, assuring their emotional and psychological well-being.”
She said many parents apprised her of the need to open a school in the Srinagar locality, “but it couldn’t be possible because it needed huge capital.”
“I decided to open two computer institutes on the outskirts of the city, and the process of setting up these computer institutes is going on in full swing. I hope in the coming months the process will be completed.”
Masrat has been facilitated by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha recently for achieving the rank of best entrepreneur, besides having received many certificates from various recognized institutes.
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