In an effort to provide the right platform for college students staying in Adi Dravidar Hostels to enter government and public sector jobs, a training programme for competitive exams was inaugurated here on Wednesday.

Superintendent of Police V.Balakrishnan, who inaugurated the event, said in a large democracy like India, the State had an important role of being the benefactor of the oppressed classes. So though we lived in an era marked with liberalisation and privatisation, government jobs remained coveted ones.

However, works done with a sense of belonging and honesty in the a government job could bring about structural changes in the lives of the common man.

While preparing for competitive exams one should not confine oneself to preparing for a particular level of exam but should aim for higher level which could help him or her in the longer run, he said.

Citing a few incidences from his own life, the SP said social and economic background was not a constraint, and all that one needed was confidence.

G.Pushpa Devi, Special Tahsildar, Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Unit-I, said since most of the students were first-generation students, whose parents were daily wage labourers, farm workers, construction labourers, manual workers and small peasants, this effort was taken to help them get an idea about competitive exams and to psychologically prepare them to take the exams.

The idea to start the training programme was proposed and given shape by the Tahsildar and hostel staff of Unit-I.

Students from Madakulam postgraduate hostel and undergraduate hostels at K.Pudhur, Race Course, Tirupparankundram and Sirudhoor, participated in the inaugural programme.

Classes will be handled by experts from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for six weeks till the examination date are announced.

Spark Academy, Mahatma Gandhi Nagar, is the venue.

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