BU’s IAS Coaching Academy is likely to be opened by February

BU’s IAS Coaching Academy is likely to be opened by February

Ever since the launch of a state-funded Civil Services Coaching Academy here, the Bharathiar University (BU) is getting enquiries from the students. But,the academy is yet to take off.

The varsity officials said it would most likely be opened this February, because they were expecting the sanction of fund from the government before the end of this month.

A proposal of Rs.13 lakh was sent to the government to start the academy, which is to be residential in nature. It is proposed to be the second state-funded coaching centre for IAS in Tamil Nadu, next to the Anna Institute in Chennai.

When contacted, Vice-Chancellor of BU, Prof. C Swaminathan, said the academy would be a boon to the IAS aspirants in this region, since there are many economically poor students who aspire to join the IAS but can not pursue their dreams due to lack of a proper opportunity.

“Enquiries are coming from other districts like Tirupur, Nilgiris, Erode and Namakkal. The academy will provide training for 100 aspirants after they are selected through a screening test.

“The coaching will be for six months. The main objective of the academy is to train the students in clearing the difficult preliminary stage. The key resource persons will be eminent persons in the respective subjects, trainee collectors, young officials serving in various other departments, faculties from the Anna Institute too and others,” he noted.

According to M Padmanabhan, course coordinator, BU, of the 23 optional subjects for IAS, the academy would be offering training in Geography, History, Public Administration, Sociology and Political Science.

“The library at the varsity contains around 2,000 books on civil services. While private coaching centres are collecting exorbitant fees, the academy will be free and BU is also planning to give stipend to the students during their study. Since it is residential in nature, accommodation will also be provided to the students,” he added.