Elected representatives pushing for setting up training centres for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination in all eight assembly segments of the city face opposition from the civic administration, which says that the quality of training would decline if more centres are opened, other than the existing one in Pune university campus.
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has been running a training centre for students aspiring to become bureaucrats. The centre is being run in association with the Savitribai Phule Pune University in the university campus.
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“A large number of students are preparing for the UPSC examination who subsequently take up public service. There is a demand for setting up a centre in each of the eight assembly segments of the city,” said Ashwini Kadam, chairperson of the standing committee.
She said that there is only one centre now in the university campus and it is not possible for the students staying across the city to avail the facility.
“The PMC has already made budgetary provision for setting up UPSC training centres across city. Many corporators have come forward and offered to provide the available civic facility in their electoral area to set up centres,” Kadam said, adding that some corporators have suggested civic schools and community halls for setting up training centres.
On the other hand, the civic administration has been reluctant to set up more training centres as demanded by the corporators. “The existing training centre is able to provide quality service to aspiring students. If more such centres are set up then it would be difficult to get the training personnel and quality of training would get hampered,” said a civic officer.
The training centre at the SPPU campus was started for reserved category students so that this community could be uplifted, he said.
“The corporators’ demand for opening the centre to everyone meant giving permission to open category students to apply for training at the centre in university campus,” the officer said, adding that the demand for new centres across city would not yield the desired result and instead would increase civic expenditure.