IAS coaching centres in Odisha varsities failed to yield results: Higher Education Minister

Bhubaneswar: IAS coaching centres in various government-run universities in Odisha were wound up in 2017-18 academic year as they failed to fulfill the desired objectives, said Higher Education Minister Rohit Pujari in the Assembly today.

Regular faculty members of the universities as well as guest teachers were providing guidance to interested students at the IAS coaching centres, revealed the Higher Education Minister while replying to an unstarred question of BJP MLA Mohan Charan Majhi.

The state government had engaged Dhyeya Educational Service Pvt. Ltd. for providing coaching to 99 students for the IAS recruitment examinations in 2019-20 academic year. Coaching through the private agency was also discontinued as it could not meet the expectations, revealed the minister.

“A new programme for providing IAS coaching to our students is under the consideration of the state government,” added the minister.

Earlier, the BJP MLA sought to know about the status of IAS coaching centres at various government-run universities in Odisha. He enquired details about the infrastructure, enrollment and expenditure of these coaching centres.

The BJP MLA also sought to know about the state government’s response to a proposal by the Vice-Chancellors of some universities for opening a state-level IAS coaching centre in Odisha to groom aspiring students.

Earlier, there were reports that the state government was planning to open a centralized professional coaching centre to groom students for the All India Civil Services examinations.

As per the reports, the proposed coaching centre in the capital city here would have a modern library and digital learning hub. Students would be enrolled into the centre through an entrance examination.

The coaching centre will have free accommodation for 400 students. The students would be provided free coaching and accommodation. But, they will have to pay for the food in the hostel.

While a private agency would be roped in to run the coaching centre, a team of young as well as senior IAS officers would visit the centre regularly to motivate the civil service aspirants.

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