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Deborah urges youths not to rely on quotas, job reservations


TURA: Meghalaya elementary education and literacy minister Deborah Marak on Wednesday inaugurated the workshop organised for civil services aspirants from Garo Hills by the East Garo Hills District Administration under the Chief Minister’s Career Guidance and Counselling Programme.

The idea of the workshop was to familiarize the students on different scopes and opportunities in civil services apart from Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), etc.

A group of around 180 plus select students from different institutions of Garo hills converged at Williamnagar in East Garo Hills for the two days mentoring session with D Shankar from Shankar IAS Academy in Chennai and other resource persons including DC of East Garo Hills, Ram Kumar and sub-divisional officer (civil) of Daddengre, Swapnil Timbe.

Speaking during the programme, Deborah Marak lauded the administration for organizing the programme in Williamnagar, where students due to lack of exposure and information are not competing in such prestigious examinations.

“Our students from Garo hills are too much dependent on state level government jobs, which are saturated, when there is ocean of opportunities, what we need is to identify and prepare ourselves to achieve it”, she added.

Marak also asked the students not to be satisfied with “quotas” and “job reservations” and explore their vistas to prepare for prestigious examinations and lucrative career in public services.

East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Kumar said that through this workshop the administration aims to make the local students realise their potentials and motivate them to prepare adequately for civil services examinations. “We are making an attempt to shortlist candidates to train them further for an extensive coaching”, he added

Meanwhile, Timbe and Shankar gave lessons on preparation for civil services and insight on different examinations. They also interacted with students and took up questions, which are related to preparation for a career in public services.





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