SC/ST students shine in civil services academy entrance exam
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Civil Service Academy, the coaching centre for All-India Services exams, has been the alma mater to several IAS and IPS officers. The academy scripted a new history when admissions to the current batch were completed last month.
More than 50% of the students who joined the training programme are from SC/ST communities. Interestingly, all of them got admitted in the general merit category.
Of the 400 students who received admission in the new batch at the academy centre in Charachira, 203 belong to SC/ST community.
Admissions to the academy is based on an entrance test based on general knowledge and current affairs conducted by Centre for Continuing Education Kerala.
Last week, minister for higher education K T Jaleel inaugurated the course for new batch of the students.
“Real development happens when people from all communities work together. Admission of SC/ST candidates to more than 50% of seats in the course is a proof of the social development in the state,” said Jaleel.
According to academy officials, the reservation system in the admission process at the centre was recently withdrawn.
“All students who received admission in the new batch had performed well in the entrance examination. They are all competent,” said P Anitha Dhamayanthy, director of Centre for Continuing Education.
The fee for students who belong to SC/ST community is paid by the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes development department.
The centre is temporarily functioning in Ambedkar Bhavan in Mannanthala, in view of ongoing construction of new administrative block at Charachira centre.
A seven-storey building for academic block is planned to be constructed in the 55 cents owned by the Academy.
The coaching for Civil Services main examination was recently introduced in the centre and coaching classes are offered in nine optional subjects.
Kerala Civil Service Academy offers coaching classes for preliminary cum main examination of Civil Service in two sessions.
The first session begins in June and the second one in September .
Source: TOI, Oct 05, 2018