Pune: Wooing students from minority communities, the State government has come out with an notification for setting up of free training centres for students so that they can prepare better for various competitive examinations.
Centres for students from minority communities like Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis and Jews will be set up at seven locations across the state.
The government has started this initiative considering that the minority students are lagging behind as compared to the other sections of the society, as far as academics are concerned.
Training will be provided for students preparing for competitive exams like UPSC, MPSC, bank examination and CETs for different courses.
Special remedial classes will also be organised for students who have failed in Std X and XII Board examinations.
These centres will be established in seven cities i.e. Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati and Nagpur. The centre in Pune will cater to the districts of Pune, Solapur, Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli.
To avail the facility, the student needs to be a domicile of Maharashtra.
The facility is only limited to training. The students will have to arrange for accommodation and food facility on their own. Out of the total seats, 30 per cent will be reserved for girls. Boys will be admitted if the reserved seats remain vacant. While the candidates will be selected on the basis of merit, if marks of two candidate are same, the economic status of the candidates will be considered for selection and the one with lower income will be selected.
For admission to the training of UPSC/MPSC, the students need to have passed graduation with at least 55 per cent or more marks. Selection for the CETs will be done on the basis of HSC/SSC marks.