Pune: There has always been a hue and cry over the diminishing percentage of Maharashtrian youths in Union Public Service Commission examinations, banking or other competitive examinations. But now, it seems the State government is gearing up to increase this percentage by opening up a coaching centre in every district. For this, the government has made a budgetary allocation of Rs 50 crore in the State budget.
However, experts from the field felt that the centres can be successful only when equipped with three basic, yet most needed amenities: good teaching staff, availability of qualitative resource material and good infrastructure that allows students to sit and study.
Bhujang Pawar, an MPSC candidate who was part of the State-wide protest that demanded a higher number of posts in Maharashtra Public Service, which are just 69 this year, questioned what the government is trying to achieve with these coaching centres. “This year, the State government has imposed a 30 per cent cut on the number of posts available for MPSC candidates. If the government is trying to reduce jobs, why is it trying to draw more students towards these exams? This will just leave more students fighting for employment in public service,” Pawar said.
Meanwhile, applauding the move, Manohar Bhole of Unique Academy, Pune, said, “District-wise coaching centres will help rural students aspiring to attempt competitive examinations. Competitive examinations hold the future for many careers these days. However, even today, students from rural areas have to come to Pune or Mumbai to prepare for examinations. So, instead of coming so far away, the students can stay close to their homes and prepare for the exams.”
Besides opening of the centres, the State has also announced that the student’s stipend for those studying for competitive exams will be increased to Rs 4,000 from Rs 2,000.