Mumbai: The plush Hajj House in
Mumbai located near the Chatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus (CST)
formerly known as VT Station is all set to begin training the Muslim
students who are aspiring for the coveted Indian civil services
posts. The coaching center which is expected to begin September this
year would be managed by the Hajj Committee of India.
have a perfect and fully-equipped coaching centre for Muslim
students who appear for the Indian Civil Services
exams were on since last few months. We are now fully ready to commence the actual training activities for
those students who are appearing for this year’s UPSC exams”, Mohd
Owais, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hajj Committee of India
Initially the Hajj Committee would be accommodating 50 students in
the Hajj House for which it has sought applications before August 16
from eligible Muslim students from all across the country", he said.
The students who would be applying for the UPSC coaching course
would have to undergo an admission test conducted by the Hajj
Committee and coordinated by the experts to make their admissions
confirmed in the final list.
Those who are
interested to appear for the next year’s UPSC exams can also apply
for the admission before October, 15 2009, informed the Hajj
About the preparations and arrangements he said, "The ground
floor of the Hajj House has already been converted into a library
four other floors of the Hajj House would be reserved for
the classes, lodging and other centre requirements."
Though the Hajj
Committee has decided to charge a meager monthly fee of 2000 rupees
per month from every student, total discount and special
scholarships are also being considered for the eligible students
belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
The fees that the Hajj Committee would be taking from the students
would include the tuition fees, lodging and meals during the entire
course, said Mohd. Owais, the CEO.
academic activities, the Hajj Committee has appointed S. A. M.
Hashmi - former principal Akbar Peerbhoy College, Mumbai known for
his vast experience in competitive exams as Director. Hashmi is assisting the Hajj Committee in finalising the list of the
faculties and resource persons to handle the training sessions.
The Hajj Committee’s decision to start the training centre for the
civil services exams has its roots in the growing concern over the
inappropriate percentage of the Muslim community in the coveted IAS, IPS, IFS and other cadres that became manifold after the
release of the Sachar Committee report in 2006.
When this year's UPSC results were
announced in May a total of 31 Muslim candidates were in the list of
791 successful candidates, a meager 3.91% against the Muslim
population which is 12% in India.
Jamia Hamdard in
Delhi led by renowned academician Syed Hamid and Rehmani Foundation
in Patna led by Maulana Wali Rahmani are some of the other centers
in India that earlier started such coaching centers for the Muslim