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Civil services sensitization programme held at CUK
Srinagar: Directorate of Students Welfare, Central University of Kashmir organized a one-day sensitization programme regarding competitive civil services examination in collaboration with Ignited Minds, a civil services academy, on Monday at the university’s Nowgam campus.

Vice Chairman, Muslim Waqf Board, Peer Muhammad Hussain was the Guest of Honour. In his address, he stressed on the need to tap the potential of youth.

“Our youth have talent, confidence but they have no guidance. We have to serve the nation by getting educated. There is no other way,” Hussain said.


He suggested creation of a guidance-cum-counseling cell at Central University of Kashmir for civil services aspirants.

“I want Central University of Kashmir to create an institute within the institute where guidance can be given to aspirants of civil service examinations. If a poor boy has talent, he should be well guided,” he added.

Earlier, in his inaugural address, Registrar, Mohammad Afzal Zargar emphasized on the need for proper guidance of students.

“Talent is already there but talent does not work alone, you need guidance,” he said.

The Registrar also pointed out the efforts needed on part of the students to benefit from the guidance. “Mentors can only provide guidance but ninety percent of your success lies in self study,” he said.

Responding to Peer Muhammad Hussain’s suggestion, Prof Zargar said: “The university will discuss the idea put forward by him and will see how it can be conceptualized and implemented.”

Hailing the initiative of the university’s Directorate of Students Welfare, he said: “This is one of the important programmes through which our young minds get sensitized.”

The Registrar termed time management and decisiveness as important tools for cracking civil service examinations.

Dr Ruveda Salam, technical expert of the session, who has the distinction of being the first Kashmiri woman IPS officer, stressed on the importance of proper guidance for civil service examinations.

Ruveda is currently posted as Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in Coimbatore.

She said there is a need of having more people from Jammu and Kashmir in Indian Administrative Services “which can help them influence policy decisions pertaining the state”.

She termed civil services as a good option for unemployed youth of Kashmir.

Ruveda said female aspirants need support of family’s male members.  “If one passes through, the person can expect a good salary, which starts during training,” she said.

“We usually complain of bureaucracy for lack of facilities, but we should think about stepping in the system to contribute towards the society,” she added.

Ruveda urged the students to continue with their academic programmes or jobs while they prepare for civil services. There is no bar on the number of attempts, she added.

Later, during the technical session, she answered the queries of the aspirants. She also suggested books and other material needed for the exams.

Speaking on the occasion, Controller of Examinations, Nazir Ahmad Gilkar referred to the need for positive and pro-active approach among students.  “We have to convert negatives into positives, we don’t have to think that a task cannot be performed. We have to compete within ourselves.”

Director, DSW, Dr. Fayaz Ahmad Nika highlighted the importance of the sensitization programme.

Umar, representative from Ignited Minds said: “It is not the resource that matters, but its resourcefulness.  Civil services is the toughest exam in the world because of sheer competition. All over India, people are craving for this exam. Its not a one day or one week preparation, it needs persistence.”

The event was divided into two parts, inaugural and technical. Dr. Ihsan Malik, Cultural Coordinator of the university, conducted the proceedings of the event.

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