Itanagar gets ALS centre

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ITANAGAR, Sept 16: There is a good news for the civil service aspirants of Arunachal Pradesh. From now on they will not have to go to Delhi or other metros for guidance and grooming. They will get the necessary coaching sitting at home as chief minister Pema Khnadu on Saturday inaugurated a centre of the Alternative Learning Systems, a Delhi-based premier civil service coaching institute.

Opened with the joint initiative of Helping Hands, an NGO, and the state government, the coaching centre will function from Niti Vihar.

The coaching centre will use the latest satellite telecommunication technology and will be a part of ALS’s centralized classroom. Students here will directly interact with trainers/teachers at Delhi and coaching will be imparted from Delhi through satellite.

Khandu expressed gratitude to ALS chief executive director, Jojo Mathew for the initiative. Expressing concern over poor representation of the Northeastern region, particularly Arunachal Pradesh in elite services, Khandu said that it was not because “our boys and girls are less talented or less capable. It is because of the lack of coaching facilities”.

Referring to the financial incentives offered by the state government to the UPSC aspirants, he informed that the same was hiked last year. Now on clearing the preliminary examination one gets Rs 2 lakh and those who qualify in the mains get Rs 3 lakh.

“In 2016-17, we disbursed the incentives to 9 candidates for prelims and 4 candidates for mains. We have received few applications this year too,” Khandu informed. The chief minister also announced a restructured financial incentive “CM’s civil services financial incentive scheme”, wherein the government will tie up with institutes like ALS with an end-to-end solution.

Khandu revealed that few other reputed coaching institutes have also expressed their interest in opening centres in the state. He said a healthy competition amongst these institutes will augur well for the local aspirants.

Referring to his recent call for separate IAS, IPS, IFS cadre for the state at a meeting with home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, the chief minister said that there was a positive response from Singh.

In his address, education minister Honchun Ngandam called upon the youths to grab the opportunity (coaching facility) with both hands. “You all are lucky. You have parents who earn to pay for your education…. now you have a reputed institute to guide you for the civil service examination,” he said.

The joint commissioner of police Robin Hibu, the first IPS from the state and the deputy commissioner of Tamenglong district, Manipur, Armstrong Pame, a product of ALS, also spoke on the occasion.

The Itanagar centre will be the ALS’ 51st centre.

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