The Department of Collegiate Education has decided to provide training for competitive exams for diploma students under the ‘Chief Minister Vidyarthi Margadarshini’ scheme through virtual mode.
Speak against The HinduPradeep P., Commissioner of the Department of Collegiate Education, said: “Competitive exams are really tough. Most of the students studying at the first class of government in Karnataka are socially and economically backward. They cannot afford the high fees for the private training institutes. That is why the government has decided to provide the training at higher vocational level.”
The department has requested a ‘expression of interest’ (EoI) from the various training institutes and will submit the report to the government. After government approval and based on the allocation of funds, the department will take further steps to train the students.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced the ‘CM Vidyarthi Margadarshini’ scheme in the 2022-23 annual state budget. Under the scheme, the government will provide online training for college level competitive examinations for all degree students.
The study material is processed through software that allows students to use it on their electronic gadgets. The department selects students for the program through a competitive examination.
“The department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Unacademy to conduct aptitude and scholarship testing in the state. Unacademy will conduct the aptitude test for eligible students to identify the most deserving students who would then receive scholarships to study for a competitive exam. According to this MoU, we plan to train 12,000 students and approximately 4,000 students have been selected this year. On the same model, the department will conduct the competitive examination to select students for this course. We will provide training for courses such as RRB, UPSC, SSC, KPSC and others based on the student’s score and interest,” the commissioner said.