In order to increase the percentage of students from Maharashtra in the IAS cadre, Maharashtra's Minister for Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope inaugurated its sixth Pre-IAS Training Centre at Vidarbha Institute of Sciences and Humanities here today.
The training centre was inaugurated at an impressive function held at the late Sangeetsurya Keshavrao Bhonsale Auditorium at the institute. Tope regretted the fall in the number of students from Maharashtra in the IAS cadre and said that in order to boost this number the state has decided to open pre-IAS training centres.
He said that while Mumbai, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Nagpur and Nasik had such centres, the Amravati centre was cleared by the government after being persuaded by people's representatives here. Tope said that people's representatives were policy makers but IAS officials are the ones who implement these policies effectively and efficiently.
Tope also announced that students admitted to these centres would be given free education and a stipend of Rs 2000 per month. He assured an increase in this stipend.