HYDERABAD: Thousands of minority students may have to wait longer as the notification for the Telangana Minorities Study Circle will be released only after the poll results of Warangal by-elections are declared on November 24. This was decided at a meeting of the chief minister with director of the study circle, held in the city on Saturday.

The Minorities Study Circle – following a government order issued in September – was opened with the aim to train minority students for the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) (Group I, II, III and IV) exams, staff selection commission exams, recruitment exams for railway, bank, armed forces, central public sector undertakings etc. Two months hence, the centre has failed to take off. In fact, there has been no further communication issued by the authorities on the matter either.

Incidentally, post the release of the GO, the centre, situated within the Jamia Nizamia Complex at Abids, has been flooded with enquiries about the commencement of the classes. Students who had hoped to start classes – it was supposed to start operations from October 15 – are left in the lurch. “I plan to appear for Group I and Group II exams by TSPSC. Although I study at home, I am eagerly waiting for the classes at the study centre to begin so that I get assistance from the trainers,” said Adil Mohammed, a B Tech student.

When contacted, D Neeraja, the director of Minorities Study Circle, put the onus on the government. “We are ready to begin the process of selecting students. However, the government has asked us to release the notification only after the Warangal bypoll results,” she said. It is to be noted that poll dates were declared on October 22, six days ahead of the earlier deadline of the admission notification for the study circle.

The study circle was launched by deputy chief minister, Mohammed Mahmood Ali in the month of September this year. Despite the centre being fully-equipped, the Telangana government failed to begin the classes for two months.

Once the notification is released, an online screening test will be held to select students for free training. The eligibility criterion to appear for the test is that the candidates need to be graduates or post-graduates. Only students belonging to minority communities such as Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhist and Parsis are eligible to appear for the test. Nearly 100 students will be selected through the online test after which training of 90 days will be given for various competitive exams.

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Source: TOI-Hyd