Meera Srinivasan

CHENNAI: For candidates aiming to crack the civil services examination, coaching could well be right at home. Very soon, the Manidha Naeyam IAS and IPS Free Coaching Centre will launch ‘Net school,’ an initiative that will enable aspirants to be coached online.

The centre is the academic wing of the Manidha Naeyam Charitable Trust founded and chaired by the former MLA, Saidai S. Duraisamy.

Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Duraisamy said that not all candidates could go to training institutes.

“We will make relevant portions from the NCERT textbooks, our own coaching material and all information pertaining to the examination available online, free of cost.”

The institute plans to invite applications from interested candidates. “We will later give them a registration number they need to use to access our website. This will help us form a database of users availing themselves of this facility,” he said.

Another ongoing initiative of the centre is the free foundation course it has been offering at colleges across the State. “This is aimed at increasing the awareness of the civil services among students, so that they are equipped for more rigorous training later,” said Ma.Vaa Voo Si, course director.

The trust was established in 2005, and in the mid-2006 Mr. Duraisamy launched the centre, which has been coaching hundreds of students for the civil services examinations free of cost. Eligible candidates from across the State are provided free accommodation, food, uniforms, textbooks, medical facilities and transport.

“Students are selected based on their performance in an entrance examination,” Mr. Duraisamy said.

Twelve candidates trained at the centre have cleared the final UPSC examination. More than 100 students are awaiting results, and many are training for their interviews.

“We even take students to Delhi for a few weeks, so that they see the competitive spirit. We have tied up with leading institutes there, so that our students can attend a few classes while in Delhi,” Mr. Vaa Voo Si said.

“While we ensure that 15 per cent of our candidates are from rural areas, we are particular that our decision on admissions are never based on religion, caste or economic background; it is purely on academic merit,” Mr. Duraisamy said.

The centre has the former Anna University Vice-Chancellor, V.C. Kulandaisamy, the former DGP A. X. Alexander, the former Home Secretary R. Poornalingam, and the retired IAS officer, M. Abul Hassan, on its advisory committee.

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