Quite often, students from Himachal Pradesh opt for coaching institutes outside the state as there are very few institutes that provide professional courses to crack competitive examinations.

Most of the students choose Delhi or Chandigarh as their preferred destination for getting coaching for competitive examinations as Civil Services, Banking and other examinations related to central and state government jobs.

The students have to pay higher fees for training and in addition, they have to spend extra money for boarding and lodging facilities in these places.

But not all can afford this. Keeping in mind the un-affordability and the difficulties faced by students, the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) here is preparing new courses to ready students for competitive examinations.

The HPU has constituted a seven member committee to prepare job oriented courses for sectors as banking, media, social work, research, politics, industry, corporate world and other competitive examinations.

The high level committee would look into various aspects of courses for such examinations and it would incorporate suggestions and interests of the students.

For preparing the list of courses that would launch by the varsity, the students of first and third semester of the university would be provided with questionnaire to list their preferences. The students would also be asked to list their interest of sectors where they would like to apply for jobs.

“Based on the findings of this survey, the seven member committee with the help of experienced teachers would design new courses,” HPU official said, adding the new courses would be easy to comprehend in order to help the students in getting jobs in desired fields.

HPU Vice Chancellor A D N Bajpai said that the students and their parents have to bear economic stress as the students have to migrate to other states for better coaching for competitive examinations. “We want to facilitate them in getting  coaching at their doorstep,” he said.