In a novel move, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday threw open its doors to provide free coaching to aspirants of elite civil services as well as to the prime engineering and medical colleges in the country.

As many as 25,000 aspirants have been short-listed after a screening test to be trained for various competitive examinations including the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and allied services, Indian Forest Service (IFS) as well as the Provincial Civil Service (PCS). 

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Besides, special training programs will also be held for those who aspire to join premier technical institutions like the IIT and leading medical institutions across the country.

While the short-listed ones will receive physical coaching at different select institutions spread across 18 divisional headquarters, lakhs of others will have access to online coaching to be started under this ‘Abhyuday Scheme’ , that was formally launched by the state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday.

Through a virtual address to the aspirants , Yogi said, “There is no dearth of talent among the youth of the state; however what they need is proper guidance and direction , which will be made suitably available to them through the Abyuday scheme.”

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Some aspirants picked up from five different divisional headquarters were given an opportunity for a virtual dialogue with the chief minister. These were Kapil Dube from Varanasi, Sakshi Pandey from Gorakhpur, Shishya Singh Rathore from Prayagraj and Himanshu Bansal from Meerut. Two aspirants from Lucknow – Priyanshu Misra and Anamika Singh – were lucky to get a personal audience with the chief minister.

According to additional Chief Secretary Navneet Sehgal, “the scheme was conceived in view of the prohibitive fees charged by private institutions, where such coaching was available so far.” He felt, “This novel scheme will go a long way in facilitating bright students, who cannot have access to good guidance and training simply because of lack of financial resources."

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What is also unique about this scheme is that the trainers were being handpicked not only from top educational institutions but also from among those who have cracked the examination earlier and were undergoing training at the UP Academy of Administration in Lucknow. “These would be the most suitable to coach the aspirants as they would be fresh from the last competitive examination , and therefore more familiar with the requirements of the exam," Sehgal pointed out.

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