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Saturday, August 08, 2009 03:54:23 PM, Staff Reporter

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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.

“Preparations to 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 informed

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 Committee CEO.

About the preparations and arrangements he said, "The ground floor of the Hajj House has already been converted into a library and 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.

For actual 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 students.





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