: In a
Paharganj lane, Sangh coaches IAS aspirants, a third of this yearâ€™s batch
trained there :
easy to miss Samkalp Bhavan in Paharganjâ€™s Aram Bagh, on a narrow street
dotted with small buildings. The white plaque announcing its existence is
residents say the Bhavan, run by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is
always buzzing with activity, especially during that time of the year when young
Civil Services aspirants, having cleared the two stages of the examinations
conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, throng here for mock
interviews and later for orientation camps.
serve free food to students while they train here for the interviews. Even the
fees are nominal. Itâ€™s a social service initiative to help students from
disadvantaged sections,â€ Anand Kumar, coordinator, Samkalp, says.
the exams in 2007, as many as 825 out of 1,875 examinees called for the final
interviews enrolled at Samkalp for mock viva voce classes. On Friday, when the
final results came out, 295 of them students had made it to the Civil Services.
mock interview sessions, Samkalp, set up in 1986, also offers coaching for the
Civil Services Mains examination for a paltry sum of Rs 5,000 in its RK Puram
branch and hostel facilities for the aspirants in its three hostels spread
across Delhi. For the interviews, it charges a nominal fee of Rs 500.
is indeed the hub for IAS aspirants who are preparing for final interviews. The
fees are minimal and the guidance is imparted through seasoned bureaucrats and
academicians,â€ explains Ranjan Kumar Singh, an ABVP activist and Samkalp
student who ranked 257 on this yearâ€™s UPSC list.
enrolment figures at Samkalp, set up in 1986, have over the years translated
into an impressive success rate for the non-governmental organization, which has
Santosh Taneja, working committee member of the RSS as one of its founding
members. According to the Samkalp website (www.samkalp.com), about 895 students,
associated with Samkalp, succeeded in Civil Services examinations up to 2006.
AR Kohli, former Mizoram governor and BJP leader, who is actively associated
with Samkalp as one of its mentors since the beginning: â€œBack in 1997 when we
began coaching for the Civil Services, 84 of our students appeared for the final
interviews and 59 made it.â€
other mentors include columnist Narender Kohli, Dr Jagdish Shettygar, member of
the BJPâ€™s economic cell and senior RSS leaders like Madan Das Devi and M G
Delhi, Samkalp is also active in Mathura, Meerut, Kanpur, Kurukshetra, Bhiwani,
Nainital, Gohana and Pathankot. Kohli insists Samkalp classes that include
â€œnation buildingâ€ as one of its most important goals are aimed at
identifying and guiding students who can contribute towards social welfare
through civil services and helping them inculcate true Indian values and ethos.
a decade later, with the efforts of Samkalp, the bureaucracy would change for
the better, Kohli hopes. â€œOur students are going t take care of people. We
teach them to be loyal to the nation and also work towards development of the
society at large. We are open to everyone who needs help and guidance. And, we
do not want any publicity for the work we are doing,â€ he says.