One would imagine more students from Panjab University, Chandigarh, or Amritsar’s Guru Nanak Dev University enter the civil services than other varsities from the region, as these iconic universities are thought to be the top-ranked institutions with nearly 200 and 150 affiliated colleges. The facts, however, say something else.
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, topped the list of universities having maximum selections into the civil services from this region (Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh). Sixteen of its students cracked the civil services exam, as per the latest annual report (2014-15) released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on the basis of the exam held in 2013. With 13 students, Rohtak’s Maharashi Dayanand University (MDU) was second on the list.
Panjab University (PU) was third with 11 selections and was closely followed by the PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, which has emerged from nowhere over the past three years, and now competes with these top three universities.
Surprisingly, more engineering and medical professionals are making it to the civil services as the Baba Farid university has all courses for health professionals and PEC engineering courses.
The UPSC conducts the nationwide examination for recruitment to various civil services of Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS).
PU may have finished third in the latest list of 2013, but 80 students from the university were selected to the civil services over five years from 2009-2013, which is highest in the region.
The Baba Farid university was second as it managed 59 selections. With 35 selections, Rohtak’s Maharashi Dayanand University (MDU) ended up being the top university from Haryana and finished as third in the region.
PEC may have just 32 selections to show, but 31 of these have come only in the last three years. It clearly is posing a tough challenge to the other universities. In 2012, PEC, which was known as Punjab Engineering College till 2009 and was affiliated to Panjab University, topped the list with 15 selections.
Both Baba Farid university and the PU have been consistently figuring on the coveted list, though the PU has been recording a downfall with PEC becoming an independent identity. Baba Farid and Rohtak’s MDU were ranked 16th and 23rd in the UPSC’s list of 57 universities in 2013 from where at least five candidates got selected into the civil services.
The PU was ranked 29th on the list, which also had PEC (34th rank with 10 selections), Patiala’s Thapar University (38th rank with seven selections) and Kurukshetra University (56th rank with five selections).
With four selections, Hamirpur’s National Institute of Technology proved to be the best university/institute from Himachal Pradesh this year.
The UPSC makes it clear that the university from which the candidates have obtained the highest degree is considered as their parent university.