Students of Tata College, Chaibasa, at the inauguration of the coaching class on campus on Wednesday. Telegraph picture
Chaibasa-based young men will now receive expert guidance in their preparation for various competitive examinations.
Kolhan University has joined hands with Tribal Cultural Society, a wing of steel major Tata Steel, to start a coaching centre at the boys’ hostel of Tata College, Chaibasa. City-based coaching centre Vinay IAS Academy has been roped in to run the centre, which was inaugurated on Wednesday.
Pro vice chancellor of Kolhan University Shukla Mahanty and Tribal Cultural Society’s manager Urmila Ekka were present at the inaugural function.
“The need for such a coaching centre in this tribal belt was being felt for quite some time. There are many meritorious students in the colleges in this region, but they do not get proper guidance to prepare them towards a successful career. We approached Tribal Cultural Society because they extensively work in this field. They readily agreed to help,” Mahanty told The Telegraph.
The Tribal Cultural Society has also extended its support for basic infrastructure like computers, table and chairs.
The centre will host classes five days a week (Monday to Friday). The three-hour classes, which will start from Thursday, will be held in the evenings.
As many as 35 youths have already enrolled for six-month courses to prepare for competitive examinations under Union Public Service Commission and Jharkhand Public Service Commission.
However, since the centre will run from two rooms of boys’ hostel, girls won’t be able to attend them.
Mahanty said they were mulling a similar plan for girls at Mahila College, Chaibasa.
Tribal Cultural Society had set up a similar endeavour at Ghatshila College hostel a couple of months ago. A local coaching hub runs the centre.
“We just try to provide tribals with opportunities they are generally deprived of,” said a senior official from Tribal Cultural Society.