IIT-JEE 2008 results were announced a couple of days ago.
The Hindustan Times of Saturday May 31 carries a front page ad from the JEE coaching centre FIITJEE claiming 31 of the top 50, 54 of the top 100, etc, are its students. In particular, FIITJEE claims the top 4, Shitikanth (#1), Nishant Totla (#2), Abhinav Garg (#3) and Archit Gupta (#4) as its students. (As also Nikhil Garg #6, Srikanti Praneeth #8, Abhay Bothra #9).
Page 3 of the same paper carries an ad from Brilliant Tutorials, another coaching centre. The headline is "Brilliant's student is All-India No. 1 in IIT-JEE '08". It claims both Shitikanth and Nishant Totla as its students, along with photographs of both.
The back page of the same paper carries an ad from Aakash Institute, still another coaching centre. It says "Our student ... Mr SHITIKANTH" secured 1st rank in IIT-JEE 2008", with a picture of Shitikanth (apparently a different one from Brilliant's). Aakash expands this ad into a full page ad in today's HT (June 1), with Shitikanth's photograph and what look like hundreds of photos of the other kids who made it through the JEE that it claims are its students. Among them are both Nikhil Garg #6 and Abhay Bothra #9.
The inside back page of the same paper (today) carries an ad from Bansal Classes, yet another coaching centre. The headline is "Bansalite tops again...", and has photographs of Shitikanth (apparently different from both Brilliant's and Aakash's), Nishant, Nikhil Garg and Abhay Bothra, claiming all of them as its students.
I can't wait for tomorrow's paper.