Fulfilling the long-felt need of students from the weaker sections, a BC Study Circle will start functioning from January 26, the Republic Day.

This was revealed by Prakasam District Collector G.S.R.K.R. Vijaykumar at a meet to review the implementation of welfare schemes for the SCs and STs and BCs on Thursday.

The study circle would offer special coaching to the selected students to fare well in the civil services and other competitive exams. Land was allotted for construction of a permanent building at the old Zilla Parishad office, he added.

Warning of stringent action for any negligence on the part of the staff concerned, he asked them to identify students lagging behind subject-wise and provide them extra coaching to achieve 100 per cent pass percentage in exams.