FROM A CORRESPONDENT
WILLIAMGAR, Dec 6: Civil services aspirants from the Garo Hills on Wednesday got a special opportunity to interact with mentor D. Shankar from the renowned Shankar IAS Academy, Cheni.
A group of over 180 students from different institutions of Garo Hills interacted with Shankar at Williamgar in East Garo Hills for two days. Besides Shankar, the other resource persons during the interactive sessions were the Deputy Commissioner of East Garo Hills Ram Kumar and Sub-Divisiol Officer (Civil) of Daddengre Swapnil Tembe. The objective of the workshop was to familiarize the students on different scopes and opportunities in civil services including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Revenue Service (IRS) among others. “We are making an attempt to shortlist candidates to train them further for an extensive coaching,” said Kumar, DC of East Garo Hills, who has taken the initiative as a part of the Chief Minister’s ‘Career Guidance and Counseling Programme’. Kumar added that through this workshop the administration aims to make the local students realise their potential and motivate them to prepare adequately for the civil services examitions.
Meghalaya Elementary Education and Literacy Minister Deborah Marak iugurated the workshop and encouraged the students to dream big and accordingly strive to realise the dream.
Marak lauded the administration for organising the programme in Williamgar, where students due to the lack of exposure and information are not competing in such prestigious examitions.
“Our students from the Garo Hills are too much dependent on state-level government jobs, which are saturated, when there is an ocean of opportunities. What we need is to identify and prepare ourselves to achieve it,” Marak pointed out.
He also asked the students to be not dependent on “quotas” and “job reservations” and advised them to explore their vistas to prepare for prestigious examitions and lucrative career in public services.
Tembe and Shankar gave tips on preparation for civil services and insight on different examitions. They also interacted with students and took up their questions, which related to preparation for a career in the public services. He explained the different techniques to develop their knowledge, writing and presentation skills and refine their approach for answering questions. He further focused on enhancing their communication skills as well, increase their self-confidence and develop a positive attitude.