The UGC-funded Residential Coaching Academy (RCA) at Jamia Millia Isamia’s performance has been at the centre of attraction. For the last many years, the Jamia-run RCA has succeeded in helping aspiring candidates crack India’s most prestigious and tough UPSC exams.
This year too, the RCA’s performance has been appreciated as 24 candidates coached at the centre succeeded in cracking the civil services examination.
Of them only two candidates were from Jamia. And this has been cause of concern for many Jamia alumni and its well-wishers who feel that more should be done by creating awareness so that more Jamia’s internal students get enrolled in the RCA by passing the entrance exam.
To address such a situation, Jamia Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad in a felicitating ceremony held on the campus to honour over a dozen successful candidates of UPSC’s Civil Services Examinations, 2016, trained at the RCA said Jamia is contemplating to adding 5-10 seats in RCA only for Jamia internal students irrespective of their religion or gender.
The announcement has been welcomed by alumni.
However, they said they would like to see it implemented soon rather than get it dusted for years as has happened with some other earlier announcements. “It is a good move and should have been done earlier. We would like it to be implemented from this session itself. Also, alumni are waiting for the opening of a medical college-cum-hospital announced earlier,” said Jamia alumnus Faizul Haque.
In 2014 several reports were published quoting Professor Ahmad.
“As a mandatory rule, first a 300-bed hospital will be started and then a medical college. I intend urge the government to ensure adequate support and financial assistance for the project,” the V-C had said in his first interaction with the media after assuming charge reported an agency.