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No one from Punjabi varsity’s coaching centre cracked IAS since 2012

For yet another year, none from Punjabi University’s IAS and Allied Service Training Centre made it to the Indian administrative services (IAS) as the result of the civil services main exam was declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Wednesday.

punjab Updated: Feb 25, 2017 21:38 IST
Vivek Gupta
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Punjabi University’s IAS and Allied Service Training Centre .(HT File Photo)

For yet another year, none from Punjabi University’s IAS and Allied Service Training Centre made it to the Indian administrative services (IAS) as the result of the civil services main exam was declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Wednesday.

 In fact, since 2012, there has been no section in central services from this centre, raising questions over the quality training that otherwise provided some of the top IAS officers in the past. 

 The centre, set up in the early ’70s. was initially meant to train students from the reserved category 

 In 1995, it opened its doors for general category students and since then many from here, including Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, who was third in the all-India rank in 2000, made it to the list. 

 The Centre’s portal claims to have 170 trainees, who were selected in Indian Administrative Services, with students including Amit Singla (13th rank 2003), Rohi Gupta (Rank 31), Dhanpreet Kaur (62nd 2006), Kunal Aggarwal (113rd rank), Mandeep Singh Randhawa (129 rank 2006), Vikaramjeet Singh Duggal (124th 2005) among others 

The  Centre’s current director since 2012, Harjinder Singh Walia, cited lack of resources material in Punjabi language as he said that most of those getting training here were from the rural background. 

 He also blamed the churning out of the talent after the preliminary exam to private centres. 

 IAS Varinder Kumar Sharma, who is first Punjabi person, who has passed Indian Civil Services examination 2009, however, said that there is no problem of availability of resource material in Punjabi language. “I will definitely help the centre if they will approach me,” he said 

Former director of the institute that ran it between 1995 and 2011, GS Bajwa said that although he has not in touch with the centre’s activities since retirement but they must be some strong reasons why it failed to get selections. “Generally speaking, talent attracts where the faculty is excellent, he said. 

 Many in the university feel that the centre is not fully geared up to adapt to the changes introduced by the UPSC in recent past as the IAS exam is more analytical in nature than factual. 

 The Centre’s student and currently posted as managing director of Markfed, Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, said that the biggest advantage of this centre is that it is run by a university that has got a pool of talent from every possible faculty. “All it needs is to exploit the talent of the professors here and put best of their efforts so that students who are enrolled here get best of training as per the current pattern of the exam,” he added 

 A student seeking anonymity said that many of the sessions held here are not relevant to the training.