Twenty six-year-old Naveed Tramboo from strife-torn Kashmir since his childhood had always wanted to challenge the perception that the youth from his state did not have the power to change the system.
On Friday, Tramboo took a step towards realizing his dream when he cleared the civil services examination, courtesy coaching provided by a unique Jamia Millia Islamia centre.Incidentally, Tramboo was one of fourteen students from the residential coaching academy of Jamia’s Centre for Coaching and Career Planning, which provides free guidance to SC/ST, minority and women students, who cleared the civil services examinations this year.
The centre’s residential academy, in its third year, saw seven of its students getting selected last year too.
“Education is one thing but employability is something we need to work on. Hence, we made a presentation to University Grants Commission and got a grant for the residential academy two years ago. Since then we have even changed our teaching style as well and tasted success with a number of students getting selected increasing every year,” said director Anisur Rehman.The centre’s most successful candidate this year, in terms of rank, has been 23-year old Tejaswini Gautam who achieved a rank of 163. Gautam, a political science honours graduate from Lady Shriram College who is currently pursuing law, always wanted to be a police officer. “Since I was a child, I was fascinated with the police uniform. When I grew up and became aware of issues, I realized that there was scanty representation of women in the police force,” said Gautam.
Although services have not been allocated yet, Gautam is fairly positive that she will be put into her first choice IPS based on her good rank. “Especially in the current scenario when security of women is such an issue, I hope to make a definite change through my role in the police force,” said Gautam.
With inputs from PTI