IAS Study Centre of PU: In need of better care for better results

SelectedIt is not an easy task to get into this centre as one has to clear an entrance test and only top 50 students are selected.

The 16-year-old IAS Study Centre of the Panjab University does not seem to be faring well. While students find it far below their expectations, even those teaching there feel it is in need of urgent attention from the higher authorities.

In a sign of casualness on the part of those running it, the centre does not even have records containing names of the students who have managed to clear the test after getting coaching here. "The centre is providing coaching for preliminary exam of IAS. After clearing the mains, students do not come here to inform us. So it is difficult for us to maintain records," said an office-bear.

It is not an easy task to get into this centre as one has to clear an entrance test and only top 50 students are selected, of which 38 seats are for general category students and 12 are fixed for SC and ST candidates. The test is conducted after every four months. Each teacher is paid Rs 1,200 per lecture.

Earlier, the centre used to run as a part-time coaching centre from the Department of Political Science. It was in 1997 that the varsity allocated a separate building to this self-financed centre. A few years back, the centre started coaching for mains exam, but it failed miserably.

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Dr Ravi Mahajan, former coordinator of the centre and now a teacher, said, "I was coordinator of the centre from 2002-04. At that time I had submitted a report to the then vice-chancellor after visiting the IAS centre run by Punjabi University, Patiala. It was submitted in the report that this centre should be treated as regular department and not as part-time. It needs a regular head who can devote 100 per cent time to the centre, and separate building, library and hostel facilitates for the students."

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