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Apr 29, 2013 at 09:59am IST

Two men provide free coaching to IAS aspirants in Naxal-hit Banka

Banka: Two bureaucrats are paving the way for a better, brighter life for others in Bihar's Naxal-hit Banka region. They are providing UPSC aspirants free education and coaching sessions.

Cracking the UPSC is a difficult proposition, especially for aspirants who live in Naxal-infested areas, with no access to proper coaching facilities. But all that has changed in Bihar's Banka district due to the efforts of district magistrate Dipak Anand and his deputy sub-divisional magistrate Mithilesh Mishra. Together, they conduct free coaching sessions for students taking the UPSC exam from this region.

"My book 'How To Be Successful in Civil Services' is coming soon," Dipak Anand said. "Our teacher is an IAS officer so we are able to learn a lot from his experience," said Gulzar Mukul, a student.

With no proper guidance, these students found it increasingly difficult to prepare for the exam. But now, there is hope because of Dipak's and Mithilesh's initiative. And they are not alone. Taking cue, other officers from the region are also taking time out to tutor UPSC aspirants.

"All those who are connected with this programme want it to continue in future too," Mithilesh Mishra said. "Teachers are very friendly with us. They teach us how to crack the civil service exams," said Rimjhim Bharti, a student.

Hailing from one of the most deprived regions of Bihar, Dipak, himself, had no access to proper guidance or coaching facilities while preparing from the UPSC exam. Since then, he had decided that he would not let other aspirants face the same problem.

"I come from Bihar's most backward region Sitamarhi. I know the hardships one face to crack civil services exam. Therefore, I try to mentor these aspirants and provide them guidance," Dipak said.

The smiles on the faces of the aspirants are becoming broader by the day as many of the students are showing a remarkable improvement. Three of them have already cracked preliminary exams. The day is not far away when Dipak and Mithilesh would have their own fleet of bureaucrats, all nurtured and mentored by them.