Union Minister Jitendra Singh suggested a special training initiative on the lines of the ‘Women Super 30’ group to help them prepare for the civil service examination. To this end, he has asked the Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani to chalk out a plan.
The proposal was made during a video conference interaction with the faculty of Mussoorie-based Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), which is the premier training institute for civil servants in India.
Super 30 is a training programme administered by Anand Kumar, who is based in Patna. Kumar trains 30 deserving, economically-backward students for IIT-JEE entrance examinations every year, as a part of the programme.
During the interaction, Irani and other officials of the ministry were briefed about the activities of the National Gender Centre at LBSNAA and the possibilities of more collaboration on women and child issues. Singh said that women were excelling in the civil services examination. For the last few years, they have featured among the toppers.
From 2014 to 2016, women topped the examination. The toppers were Ira Sehgal in 2014, Tina Dabi in 2015 and Nandini in 2016, respectively.
Singh said that women candidates have contributed to the civil service across the country. Until a few years ago, this was not the case, with successful candidates being limited to a handful of states.
In the Mussoorie academy, 20 to 23 percent of probationers were women candidates, he said. He also appreciated the social activities that the faculty members were participating in, which included giving lessons to needy children. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, this activity was not interrupted.
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