Times of India, April 26, 2010
BHUBANESWAR: Central University, Koraput, will soon start a specialized cell to train students appearing for competitive examinations with special thrust on Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and other allied services.
This is likely to give an impetus to students to appear for the civil services examination conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The move comes at a time when representation of the State in civil services is perceived to be low. Vice Chancellor Surabhi Banerjee said the cell would be in place within the next month and the university would accord importance to civil services examinations. "We have formed an advisory committee, comprising some senior IAS officers, who can guide the students, the course and also on the proper method of coaching," she added.
"We need to provide specialized training to our students. Emphasis is on communication skills and knowledge of English language. For this, we are collaboring with the British Council. IAS officials can also be roped in as guest faculty," Prof Banerjee said, adding that this would be dovetailed with training students for other competitive examinations like NET well.
This move to set up a specialized training cell for all-India services has been welcomed in different spheres as there has been a clear dip in the state's representation and dearth of IAS officers from Orissa.