Mumbai: The Hajj Committee
officials in Mumbai received a timely shot in their arms when the
proposed IAS & Allied Services Coaching & Guidance cell to be
established by them attracted overwhelming response from the Muslim
students aspiring for the civil services posts.
"Let me admit that the overwhelming response we have received is
beyond our expectations", said a beaming Mohd. Owais - Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) Hajj Committee of India while speaking to
"We have received about sixty applications from all across the
country to this date, a number that clearly exceeds our quota of 50
students", he said.
"Interestingly, of the sixty applications that we have received so
far 25 are from the girl students", he added.
The Hajj Committee of Mumbai in a press release on August 08 this
year had proposed to provide coaching facilities to 50 Muslim
students and had sought applications from eligible candidates on or
before October 15, 2009. However almost one and half month before
the deadline, the Hajj Committee Mumbai office has received
applications that exceeds its capacity.
Though the Hajj Committee has received
some applications from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal,
the maximum number of applications received are from Maharashtra.
The areas in Maharashtra from where the future IAS/IPS/IFS of the
country have applied to the IAS & Allied Services Coaching &
Guidance cell of the Hajj Committee of India include Mumbai,
Bhiwandi, Aurangabad, Malegaon and Jalgaon, informed CEO Mohd. Owais.
When asked, owing to the overwhelming
response the Hajj Committee has received do they plan increasing the
quota, CEO Mohd. Owais said, "We have the provision and available
infrastructure to accommodate more students and I will propose to
the Hajj Committee if they can increase the number of students from
existing 50 to 75. But our top priority is quality. Not the number.
The students have to perform well in the entrance test if they want
the Hajj Committee to consider increasing the strength."
The plush Hajj House in
Mumbai located near the Chatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus (CST)
formerly known as VT Station would be accommodating these students
for the training once they clear the entrance test. The IAS & Allied
Services Coaching & Guidance cell which is expected to begin
academic activities November first week would be managed by the Hajj Committee of India.
"The students who are applying for the coaching would have to
undergo an admission test slated on November 01, 2009 to make their
admissions confirmed in the final list. The test would be conducted
by the Hajj Committee and coordinated by the experts. The Hajj
Committee is fully ready to commence the academic activities
immediately thereafter", said CEO Mohd Owais.
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.