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Giving wings to dreams of career in Civil Services

Even though civil services has become popular among the youth of Jammu and Kashmir, those from border areas and with limited resource still lack the necessary exposure to competitive exams. But the aspirants of the valley have a reason to cheer now. In the months of November and December, comprehensive Mock Tests, called Very Similar Test, on the lines of UPSC exams were conducted in Poonch and Jammu, thanks to the collaborative effort of over 200 volunteers and multiple organizations. Ably led by Dr. Shamim Banday, noted Zoologist, Educator, Reformer and Social Worker of Poonch, who had conceptualized the exams, they were a big success and saw participation of over 2000 students in each city.

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For the first time in the history of Poonch, an exam like the VST on the lines of UPSC exam was conducted at such a grand scale across 14 different centers.
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The VST could have been possible only because of the collaborative efforts of 200+ volunteers and multiple organizations.
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The VST in Poonch was held at 14 different centers.
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The VST in Poonch was held at 14 different centers.

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The VST in Poonch was held at 14 different centers.

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Officials from the district administration also visited the centers while the VST was being conducted in Poonch. Seen here is DDC Poonch Mr. Rahul Yadav visiting a center

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Convincing and making students and their parents aware about competitive exams was one of the biggest hurdles. I am thankful to the parents who reposed faith in us.
Dr. Shamim Banday

The entire exercise was conducted in a professional manner right from planning to execution. The exams were organized at 14 different examination centres in Poonch and Mandi in November and at 16 centers in Jammu in December. The question paper was prepared in accordance to various competitive exams by a team of experts. The secrecy of papers was ensured, every single aspirant was provided with a roll number and each centre had adequate scrutiny and invigilation procedures. The support received from the teaching fraternity was phenomenal. Dr. Banday says, a team of professors from various states, who had come to Jammu University for a refresher course in November, had volunteered to undertake the evaluation activities for the exam conducted in Poonch.

We had kept a nominal fee of Rs. 20/- for the exam considering that not everybody can afford to enrol for costly courses.
Dr. Shamim Banday

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VST in Jammu was conducted on 24 Dec 2018. It also saw a huge response from the aspirants of civil services.
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The VST in Jammu was held across 16 centers.
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Dr Shamim Banday at a center in Jammu where VST was being conducted.
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It was a sweet culmination of painstaking efforts undertaken by Dr. Banday and his team who approached students from remote border areas, creating awareness about competitive exams, motivating them to appear for VST and sought support from their parents, local youth and teaching fraternity for the exam. Their efforts bore fruit and the event saw the highest ever participation in the region from over 2000 students for each exam which included school and college students, graduates and even post graduates with aspirations in civil services.

Our main aim was to create awareness about competitive exams among the future generation. More than a degree, it is important to stay ahead of the competition.
Dr. Shamim Banday

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Dr Shamim Banday - VST Poonch - Valedictory Function
Awards were announced in junior and senior categories for the VST exam conducted in Poonch.
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Various prominent dignitaries graced the valedictory function and hailed the efforts of Dr. Banday and his team.
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Rewarding the achievers of VST conducted in Poonch
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Rewarding the achievers of VST conducted in Poonch
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Rewarding the achievers of VST conducted in Poonch
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Awards were announced in junior and senior categories for exam conducted in Poonch. Officials from Poonch District administration also took a note of the event and graced the exam centres on the day of the exam and appreciated the efforts. Various prominent dignitaries graced the valedictory function and hailed the efforts of Dr. Banday and his team. The event also received good support from local media. Dr. Banday says the results of the exam conducted in Decemeber in Jammu will be declared in January.

I have been approached by various organizations to conduct such exam in adjoining areas. We are planning to bolster our efforts to cover multiple regions and conduct such exams regularly.
Dr. Shamim Banday

About Dr. Shamim Banday

An award winning Asst. Professor of Zoology, working in Government Degree College, Poonch, Dr Shamim Banday has been instrumental in making his district shine on India’s map. Apart from his teaching assignments, he dons various hats in his college – he is co-ordinator of add-on course in sericulture, co-ordinator of skill development programmes, NSS programme officer, member of cultural and library committee and member of IQAC.

He is the author of more than 20 research papers in international journals and various articles in international magazines. He has been invited as keynote speaker in various conferences. He is a well known figure in his domain and is associated with many organisations in various capacities like member of Editorial board of International journal Bionano Frontier, member of International Multidisciplinary Research Foundation, member of Board of Study in Sericulture, President of Eco-Revolution – JK chapter and member of ICZ.

Dr. Banday has devoted himself completely to the betterment of the society. He finds solace in helping others. He is the Chairman of Abdul Majid Bandey Educational and Welfare Society, member of Al madina trust and runs two schools in remote Arai village for poor and downtrodden students free of cost. He is also running Super 30 College of Competitions where he coaches underprivileged students for IAS / KAS exams. He is planning to start new projects especially in the areas of pest control of different crops and also in Skills development. He continues to fight against social evils especially drug addition and double his efforts on environment conservation projects in Poonch.

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