Free coach­ing cen­tres for SC stu­dents ly­ing de­funct in Haryana var­si­ties

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - Hardik Anand

CEN­TRES RUN COUR­SES SPON­SORED BY UGC TO PRE­PARE STU­DENTS FOR WRITING EX­AMS AND CLEAR IN­TER­VIEWS

RO­HTAK:CEN­TRES of pre­par­ing for com­pet­i­tive ex­ams in Haryana uni­ver­si­ties, which were set up to give free coach­ing to Dalit and other back­ward classes stu­dents, have not been run­ning any course for the Union Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (UPSC)’S civil ser­vices exam for the past many years.

Th­ese cen­tres also of­fer cour­ses on pre­par­ing for ex­ams such as NET/JRF, bank pro­ba­tion­ary of­fi­cer (PO), Haryana civil ser­vices and MBA en­trance test etc. The state has two such com­pet­i­tive cen­tres at govern­ment-run Ma­harshi Dayanand Univer­sity (MDU) in Ro­htak and Ku­ruk­shetra Univer­sity (KU) in Ku­ruk­shetra — both of which have not been giv­ing any coach­ing to UPSC as­pi­rants.

Th­ese cen­tres run cour­ses spon­sored by the Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC) and are in­tended to pre­pare stu­dents for writing com­pet­i­tive ex­ams and clear in­ter­views and per­son­al­ity tests. The cour­ses usu­ally start few months be­fore the date of the exam. How­ever, in ab­sence of reg­u­lar fac­ulty and short­age of funds, th­ese cen­tres have been lim­ited giv­ing coach­ing of just one or two cour­ses with rare par­tic­i­pa­tion of stu­dents.

"With just four months left for the pre­lims exam, it would have been help­ful to have a coach­ing cen­tre in my city where I could study for free. Now, I will have to waste time in trav­el­ling to Delhi or Gur­gaon to search for my op­tions," said Ravi Kumar, a Dalit UPSC aspi­rant in Ro­htak who helps his par­ents in iron­ing clothes for a liv­ing.

The of­fi­cials at the com­pet­i­tive cen­tres said like ev­ery year they have sent a pro­posal to the uni­ver­si­ties to start a 60-day pro­gramme for UPSC pre­lims exam from March 12. How­ever, they said they were not sure if any fac­ulty would be avail­able to teach. If the pro­posal works out, the gen­eral cat­e­gory can­di­dates would be able to en­rol them­selves by pay­ing Rs 20,000 fee, while the coach­ing will be free of cost for SC/ST can­di­dates.

Pro­fes­sor Par­mod Bhard­waj, the di­rec­tor of the cen­tre at MDU, said the UGC al­lows a grant of just Rs 300 to the fac­ulty mem­ber for one ses­sion of lec­ture. "The grant might be ad­e­quate for the fac­ulty of other cour­ses. But for UPSC civil ser­vices, no good teacher would be avail­able for this money. Many times I have or­gan­ised spe­cial ses­sions for as­pi­rants ask­ing my known ex­perts to come here. But they also can not com­mit for longer du­ra­tions,” he said.

HT FILE

A com­pet­i­tive exam cen­tre is lo­cated on the cam­pus of Ma­harshi Dayanand Univer­sity, Ro­htak.

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