While the private institutes in the city are bragging about the success of their students in the Indian administrative service (IAS) exam results declared on May 3, the UT administration has no coaching centre where students from economically weaker background can be trained for the civils. Irony is that UT top officials think there is no need of coaching centres in colleges as are so many
private institutes which offer concessions to students from economically weaker section.
UT home secretary Anil Kumar was at a local IAS coaching institute in Sector 25 on Sunday to felicitate successful students. When asked why colleges don't have such centres for the needy students, Kumar said, "I don't think there is any need for such centres in the colleges. So many want to take coaching and we can't provide facility to all the students. These private institutes are doing great work and all those interested in coaching can approach them."
Patronising these institutes, he further added, "Also these institutes have schemes under which they offer discounts to the needy students." However, Kumar was forgetting that these private institutes charge a lump sum fee of about Rs. 1 lakh a year, which was not affordable even to a student from a middle class family.
There is a coaching centre at Panjab University (PU), but the same is also not functioning properly for long. The institute for quite sometime has stopped preparing students for the mains and all they give is coaching for preliminary exams. When contacted, IAS centre, PU, incharge Rajan Gaur said, "I am sure some students who underwent coaching at our centre must have cleared the exam. I am out of station and will be able to give you details once I am back."
Meanwhile, experts in the coaching industry say that coaching institutes in colleges and varsities was not possible for they don't have the right kind of faculty and infrastructure.
Those at Abhimanu's IAS institute claim that this year 32 of their students have cleared IAS. Speaking to HT Raj Malhotra, vice-president at the said centre, says, "Since the inception of our institute in 1999, we have produced 700 IAS officers". He said the institute, under its corporate social responsibility, provided scholarships to students from economically weaker sections, which in some cases was 100%.