Bhubaneswar: In a bid to inculcate competitive spirit for civil services examinations among post graduate students, Odisha’s premier institute Utkal University will offer coaching at free of cost.
A batch consisting 30 students will be selected through a written test followed by interview.
Students pursuing post graduates from colleges and universities in and around Bhubaneswar can apply for the programme.
The selected students only need to pay Rs 500 as registration fee for the two-year-long course.
The university had signed an MoU with city-based Vikash Educational Charitable Trust in April to run the programme.
Sources said the classes will be held from 8 am to 10 am and four days in a week at Commerce Department of the varsity.
The written test will be held on August 6 (Sunday).
For successful students, classes will likely to begin by end of this month or first week of September.
So far, more than 150 applications have been received, university sources said.
“Free coaching will be immensely helpful for students like us as taking coaching out of state is very expensive,” said Sabyasachi Nayak, a PG student of Anthropology department, who had appeared for UPSC last year.
Concerned about students not performing well in the civil service exams for the last few years, the varsity is ready to motivate the aspirants providing all possible help.
“It’s a great initiative and we hope students aspiring to join civil services will get good coaching here as everyone is not able to go to Delhi for coaching,” said Sabat Kumar Digal, assistant professor of Commerce department and course-coordinator of the coaching programme.
Vikash Education Charitable Trust, run by some retired bureaucrats, felt Utkal University which was once known for producing IAS and OAS officers, has not been able to keep up with that trend in the last few years.
“We will try to provide best coaching to students at PG level who are keen to join civil services in future. Free study materials will be provided along with some financial assistance to meritorious yet financially backward students,” said B.B. Biswal, director of the trust.