Buoyed BY the success of state-run Pre-Indian Administrative Services (IAS) training centres,the education department has decided to set up two more centres in Nashik and Amravati,officials said Wednesday.
At present,there are four Pre-IAS training centres at Mumbai,Nagpur,Aurangabad and Kolhapur.
Dr P R Gaikwad,director,Higher Education,said: There is stiff competition to get into these centres as training is excellent. The results in these centres speak for themselves.
The two centres will be set up this year. The decision was mooted at a high-power panel. The move will help students have a better chance in the examination, Gaikwad said.
This year,37 of 100 students from the Mumbai centre cleared the UPSC exams. The result is comparable in other centres as well. It is because of this we decided to set up two more centres, he said. There are also talks to increase stipend paid to students.
Earlier these students were paid Rs 1,000 per month,which was later revised to Rs 2,000. Now,we are planning to increase it further as the cost of living has increased. The amount will be decided after discussing with the minister of education and other concerned officials, Gaikwad added.
The state government had set up the first pre-IAS centre in Mumbai in 1976 exclusively for Maharashtra domicile students.
The other three centres at Aurangabad,Kolhapur and Nagpur were set up in 1985-1986.
Students are required to clear the common entrance exam held every year and then undergo a rigorous one-year training. Residential facility along with internet,library and other facilities are available free of cost.