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#ThankYouTeacher – For disabled civil service aspirants, all roads lead to Hosabelaku

In our September campaign #ThankYouTeacher, we profile Hosabelaku, a dream come true for disabled people who want to crack the civil services exams but do not have the financial means.

Every year, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holds exams for candidates to be admitted into the prestigious civil services. This includes the Indian Administrative Services (IAS)among others. Many candidates with disabilities are interested, but find it hard to access coaching centres that can help them. It is this lack that Hosabelaku Competitive Exam Coaching Centre, based in Bengaluru, aims to fill.

Hosabelaku was started in 2014 by siblings R C Manjumitra and R C Sivakumar. The centre runs a one year residential course that is inclusive. It is open for students with and without disabilities. Their centre at Vijayanagar at Bengaluru ensures that the policy of inclusion is followed strictly with no discrimination.

So, what makes Hosabelaku unique? For one, the coaching fees for a deserving disabled student is just ₹1. Compare this to the fees charged by other centres, which is over ₹ one lakh. Hosabelaku keeps the fees low for disabled students as well as those from poor families.

Over the years Hosabelaku has introduced more accessible study materials and even a sign language interpreter.

There are thousands of civil service aspirants in our country. But how many are serious about it? They spend lakhs of rupees on training and materials. Eventually, they land a job in some other field. There are many students who deserve an entry into civil services. We are in the lookout for such candidates and want to offer the best services for them. - Tarannum Banu, Manager, Hosabelaku

The training procedure is quite strict at Hosabelaku. The system followed is Tapassu, where the heart and soul is meant to be devoted to pursuing what you believe in. Students have to follow a routine of waking up early in the morning, doing yoga and meditation, and then start on the lessons. They are not allowed to use their mobile phones or check out social media for a year.

"Those who are serious about their dreams would work for it day in and out", adds Tarannum. "We do not want their concentration to be deviated. Our teachers and mentors keep students updated on what is happening in the outside world".

Hosabelaku hopes to reach out to more disabled students in the years to come and help more people pursue their dream of a career in government service.

For more details, contact Tarannum Banu at 09686134266

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