Tiruchirapalli

Helping aspiring civil servants TRACE success

Precious Insights: UPSC recruits speak to IAS aspirants at an interaction session organised by Tiruchi Academy of Competitive Examinations (TRACE) in Tiruchi on August 16, 2009. At right end is the Regional Deputy Director of Employment P. Suresh Kumar. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam

Precious Insights: UPSC recruits speak to IAS aspirants at an interaction session organised by Tiruchi Academy of Competitive Examinations (TRACE) in Tiruchi on August 16, 2009. At right end is the Regional Deputy Director of Employment P. Suresh Kumar. Photo: R.M. Rajarathinam   | Photo Credit: R_M_RAJARATHINAM

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TRACE’s effort has always been aimed at promoting group learning to help students leverage peers’ capabilities for a shared success.

What started as a minor initiative to motivate youngsters to take up competitive examinations five years ago, has now turned into a launching pad for aspiring Union Public Service Commission candidates. The Trichy Academy for Competitive Examinations (TRACE), promoted by the District Welfare Committee, chaired by the District Collector, started in 2009 to impart free coaching to civil services aspirants, has started bearing fruits with many of its trainees emerging successful in the coveted UPSC examination. The academy was launched with the prime objective of bridging the gap between education and employment. Though the emphasis has been offering coaching for civil services examination, students of other competitive examinations such as TNPSC, Staff Selection Commission, and Railway Recruitment Board examinations too have started reaping rich rewards by enrolling themselves with the institute.

TRACE’s effort has always been aimed at promoting group learning to help students leverage peers’ capabilities for a shared success. So far, several candidates got selected for various positions in the government service, said a proud P.Suresh Kumar, Programme Advisor, TRACE, and a moving force behind the initiative.

Jacintha Lazarus, who bagged 27th rank, Vimala, a housewife, who secured the 167th rank, and Dr. Senthilraj, who bagged 57th rank, were some of the success stories of TRACE, Mr.Suresh Kumar said. Reference books and journals and previous year question papers were readily available for reference, thanks to the gesture of the district administration and a host of philanthropists.

Now not less than 200 candidates visit it regularly and avail themselves of the facilities. It serves as empowerment centre for job-seekers from all walks of life and has proved a boon for first-generation learners.

Apart from a library, the academy has computers complete with internet facility. A committee, comprising eminent academicians, guide the academy’s functions and the programmes were run with the help of guest faculty, said Dr.Suresh Kumar.

Special sessions addressed by successful UPSC candidates from across the country shore up the motivation of candidates. Pallavi Akurathi, Managing Director Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company (GESCOM), Gulbarga, Karnataka, R. Vimala, an IAS officer from West Bengal, S. Senthil Avoodai Krishna Raj, SSP, Special Task Force, Uttarkhand, P.Sridharan, assistant commissioner of Income Tax, Tiruchi, M. Nagarajan, M.G.Rajamanickam, young IAS officers, and Nishanthini, an IPS officer, were among the host of officials who motivated the youngsters in the recent past.

Apart from special lectures, discussions with successful candidates help candidates on ways to face failure, tackle questions, and choose optional papers.

No doubt, the TRACE is a God sent opportunity for the students of the region, said Rita Shanthakumar, assistant professor of English, Cauvery College for Women.

Steps should be taken to create awareness among students on the functioning of the academy; she said adding that special coaching should be given to participants in improving communication skills, and English pronunciation.

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