On April 22, 2022, the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) will hold the national launch of the Dr. Ambedkar Centre of Excellence. Virendra Kumar, India’s Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, will inaugurate the centre. The centres are being opened to provide coaching to students from the scheduled caste (SC) for the Union Public Service Commission’s civil service examination (UPSC).
The proposed centre will be established in 31 central universities across the country, including Banaras Hindu University. The launch ceremony will be held at the Shatabdi Krishi Prekshagrih, Institute of Agricultural Sciences. Vice-chancellors from all of the other universities where the centre will be established will also be present.
The Dr Ambedkar Foundation and implementing universities will also sign two MoUs to establish the centres and Dr Ambedkar Chairs.
Each centre will have 100 seats, with over 33% of the total sanctioned seats going to eligible female candidates from the scheduled caste (SC) category. In each centre, up to three faculty members will be appointed. Separate classrooms, a library, high-speed WiFi connectivity, and other necessary infrastructure are recommended for the centres’ smooth operation. Candidates must pass an entrance exam in order to be admitted to the centre and get coaching.