By Twocircles.net Staff Reporter
New Delhi: When the results for the UPSC exams came out on Friday, it was a proud moment for Zafar Mahmood, President of the Zakat Foundation of India and everyone associated with the organisation. Out of the 990 successful candidates, 26 owed all their achievements to the efforts of the Foundation, which had funded almost all their hostel and tuition fees to help them prepare for the exams.
Talking to Twocircles.net, Mahmood said people have realised that this is the only way to reclaim their rights.
“This mission is continuing since last 10 years and we are thankful to Allah that we were able to make a difference. The number of students who are also qualifying the exams is also seeing an increase in last few years which is a good news for the community,” he told TwoCircles.net.
The Fellowship is given to students after conducting a written test and an interview held in Delhi.
Once selected, the Foundation provides a hostel in Delhi at a subsidised rate of Rs 2,000 per month and pays up to 90% of the tuition fees that the students need to pay for IAS coaching.
The candidates are also provided the joint guidance and supervision of Zakat Foundation of India, Aishabai Trust and Interfaith Coalition for Peace in order to help them properly prepare for the Preliminary, Mains, and Interview for Personality Test for the UPSC Civil Services Examination. People who wish to apply for the scholarship to prepare for UPSC exams to be held in 2018 can visit this page for more information.
Also, continuing its legacy of providing quality coaching to students, 25 students from Jamia Millia Islamia Residential Coaching Academy also made their entry into the civil services. Last year, 27 students had cleared the exams.