Moving away from the beaten track, the Minorities Welfare Department (MWD) has decided to prepare minority youth for Civil Services. It has proposed to sponsor 100 students at top-notch coaching institutions for the Civil Services Examination-2014.

“The idea is to equip the minority youth for top jobs in the country,” says Syed Omer Jaleel, Special Secretary, MWD.

For the effective implementation of the scheme, the services of the Centre for Educational Development of Minorities (CEDM) and Commissioner, Minority Welfare, will be roped in. The funds earmarked under the training and employment generation head of the State Minorities Finance Corporation and the Christian Finance Corporation will be tapped for the purpose.

This apart, there are also plans to set up three study circles, one each in Hyderabad, Kurnool and Guntur to train minority youth for various competitive examinations. The study circles will train students for tests conducted by the A.P. Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission, besides equipping them for entry into the Army, Air Force and Police.

Mr. Jaleel is also exploring the possibility of imparting training to minority youth for the BPO industry. In addition, placement agencies will be identified. Initially, BPO training will be offered in Hyderabad, and it will be extended to other cities later. Besides, new self-employment schemes and business opportunities will be identified for youth.

A sum of Rs. 12 crore has been allocated to MWD for training and employment in the 2013-14 budget. But so far, only Rs. 7 lakh has been spent.

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