Civil Service aspirants in West Bengal will soon be able to
receive first hand practical experience on how the state administration works.
In a new move by the West Bengal government, students will be able to see in
action the theories they had studied in class.
The West Bengal government, which has regular meetings involving administrative officials, will now invite students' participation in the parleys so they can get firsthand experience of the state administration.
Inaugurating the Civil Services Study Centre in the city set
up by the state government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the presence of
students in meetings will help civil service aspirants know about various
government schemes, as well as the functioning of the administration at the grassroots.
"We have been regularly holding administrative meetings
involving district officials at all levels. Let students who aspire to join the
administrative services be present at those meetings. This will afford them
firsthand experience of how the administration functions," the Chief
"This way, you (students) will get invaluable
information about various governmental schemes like the MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi
National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) which you may learn about from books,
but that will take time," she added.
The CM also said the Civil Services Study Centre, which will
impart training to aspirants at concessional rates, will forge tie-ups with
various national-level institutions to avail the services of renowned teachers
WB CM also offered her own services as well as of other
administrative officers for helping the students.
"The chief secretary and other officers may guide you
about the examinations. You can also approach me as I have been working at the
grassroots level and involved with administration for long," she said.
After coming to power in 2011, Mamata Banerjee
has been regularly holding administrative meetings involving key officials from
various government departments in all districts of the state.