If all goes well, by next year, Jamia Millia Islamia will have a state-of-the-art residential coaching academy for underprivileged sections of the society.
The centre for coaching and career planning, which trains minorities, SC/ST/OBC and women students for civil service examinations and other competitive entrance exams free of cost, will get a swanky building with a hostel and will be rechristened residential coaching academy. Currently, the centre is working out of an old SRK building within the Jamia campus.
"The university grant commission has sanctioned Rs 5 crore for setting up a residential coaching academy at Jamia Millia Islamia. We have already allotted the work to the Rail India Techno Economic Survey Limited to a construct hostel and academic blocks for students preparing for various competitive examinations," said Professor Anis Ur Rehman, director, centre for coaching and career planning.
The building, which is coming up near the academy of third world studies, will have separate residential and academic blocks with a computer lab, seminar hall and an exclusive library for civil service aspirants.
The management is in the process of hiring full time faculty for the institute. "We have started hiring the best of faculty to coach our students. Faculty from other universities and institutes will also be coming to teach the students. The vice chancellor wants it to be the best residential coaching academy for the underprivileged in the country," said Mohammed Tariq, coordinator of the centre.
"Currently, the students are staying in a transit hostel. Next year we'll also double the intake from 100 to 200 seats for civil services," added Tariq.