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Free coaching programme by AMU for Minority/SC/ST (40% for women) candidates

Prof. Ziauddin Khairoowala, director of AMU’s Residential Coaching Academy said that the Ministry of HRD has honoured to AMU to establish a Residential Coaching Academy (RCA). The RCA will provide coaching to the aspirants of the Civil  Services Examinations - UPSC, Provincial  Services Examinations, Judicial Services [PCS (J)], Public Sector Banks and Insurance and Indian Railway Services competitive examinations for Minorities/SCs/STs & Women.
Prof. Khairoowala took over the charge as Director of RCA in February this year. He will be assisted in his task by the centre’s deputy director, Prof. Naima Khatoon. He said that the RCA is going to conduct its first National Level Entrance Test for the admission to the coaching courses on 15 July 2010 at different centers namely Aligarh, Patna, Lucknow, Srinagar, Kolkatta, Guwahati, Kozikodae. It will be a free coaching programme for Minority/SC/ST candidates only with a 40% quota for women. The pattern of the question paper of the entrance test will be objective with multiple choice questions.
The Application forms can be obtained from the Office of the Residential Coaching Academy or downloaded or applied online from the RCA’s website (www.rcaamu.com) and submitted to the Office of the Director, Residential Coaching Academy, AMU, Aligarh, by hand or by Registered / Speed Post or through Courier so as to reach up to 05:00 pm on or before 15 June, 2010.
Director of the RCA said that the University would start the coaching programme for about 200 students but initially the Academy shall begin with 100 candidates, admissions to the coaching courses shall be through a national level entrance test conducted by the RCA which will design their courses in such a way that in addition to the coaching for central and state services exams the students may also prepare for other services such SSC, Banking services etc. The course modules will include communication skills and personality development with computer usage. The Academy will develop core competency to prepare its own course material. The Academy shall arrange temporary accommodation so that the coaching classes could be started immediately. No tuition fee will be charged, however, a nominal fee towards registration and charges for hostel accommodation and meals can be collected by the Academy. Resources in the form of faculty and course material will be shared by four universities (AMU, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University and Jamia Hamdard). The Academy will make all  efforts to avail the facilities of best resource persons of their respective fields. The Academy will also offer stipend at Rs. 2000 per month to  20 percent of the total admitted students on the basis of means-cum-merit. The guidelines in respect of income criteria issued by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Ministry of Minority Affairs will be adopted. In-Charge of the Residential Coaching Academies of the four universities mentioned above will meet on regular basis to share healthy practices, resources and expertise etc. For more information, contact Prof. Ziauddin Khairoowala, Director, RCA at zukhairoowaladirectorrca@gmail.com or visit www.cgcamu.org

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2010 on page no. 17

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