Despite persistent efforts by the government and non-government
organisations to create awareness among the Muslims in India about
the Civil Services, only 11 students from the community appeared
for the UPSC coaching entrance test conducted by Pune University.
According to the media reports, Pune
University had invited applications from the aspiring students for
its UPSC Coaching Centre and later called them for the entrance
test. A total of 587 students from different parts finally turned
up for the entrance test.
Ironically, among the 587 students
who appeared for the test, only 11 are Muslims - a figure that has
shocked those running the campaign among the community about the
importance of civil services. For, the Muslims in India, after the
release of the Sachar Committee Report, which noted that the poor
representation of Muslims in civil services is one of the many
reasons for their backwardness, worked hard to create awareness.
Organisations like Hamdard Delhi and Hajj Committee of India
established their own coaching centres.
Hamdard Delhi in fact created the
history in 2010 when Dr Shah Faisal, one of its students, topped
the list of the successful candidates for the year - only the
second Indian Muslim to do so. After his brilliant performance,
Shah Faesal addressed the students at any places and urged them to
join the civil services.
Against this backdrop, poor
representation of the Muslim students in the Pune University UPSC
Coaching centre entrance test is shocking.
Pune University is one of the
leading universities in India and its UPSC Coaching Centre is
regarded as one of the best in the country. The centre has a
limited capacity and the university coaches them for the
coveted civil services exams free of cost.