Archdiocese of Lahore will conduct preparatory classes for CSS
Lahore (Asif Nazir): The Archdiocese of Lahore will help students of the archdiocese in preparation of Central Superior Service (CSS) exams as very few Christians are working in the federal administration, despite a 5 per cent government quota for minorities.
In a message issued to all the priests of the archdiocese, the spokesperson of the archdiocese Fr. Francis Gulzar, Vicar General advised them to announce about this initiative in the churches after the Sunday Mass. The complete text of the message was;
“The Archdiocese of Lahore is establishing classes for CSS aspirants with the prime aim of regulating the profession of Civil Service. All interested applicants must forward CV’s to Archbishop’s Office Latest by August 31, 2020.”
“CVs to be submitted either in person to the office of Archbishop’s House or through postal address:
Archbishop House, 1- Lawrence Road, Lahore 54000
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org”.
The exam is conducted every year by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) for the recruitment of candidates to posts up to Grade 17.
Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw, Archbishop of Lahore discussed the details of this initiative in a short exclusive interview with Asif Nazir, Catholics in Pakistan.
Here is the complete conversation with the Archbishop of Lahore, Sebastian Francis Shaw OFM;
Q) What will be the eligibility criteria for joining the class?
High achievers holding B.A, B.Sc or Masters in any discipline are eligible for admission or equivalent programs in the University of Punjab/Affiliated colleges.
Q) What is the fee structure?
Depending on the number of applicants, a nominal, less than enough fee may be imposed.
Q) Which faculty will be involved?
Visiting teachers and professionals will be available for the preparatory classes. The diocese will afford all the expenses of the teachers and the material.
Q) What is the date of commencement?
Hopefully, classes will commence from the second week of September 2020.
Q) Where will the classes be conducted?
Initially in Lahore, depending on the number of applicants classes will be further divided into two zones; Lahore and Gujranwala. Especially considering the accommodation of candidates from remote areas.
Although, St. Anthony’s school and Archbishop House are fully equipped for conducting classes but in case of fewer applicants, diocese will fully assist candidates in joining the best academies.
Q) What is the maximum number of seats available?
In case of bulk applications, the applicants will be short listed based on merit, so that the bright students of our community may benefit from this opportunity.
“It is a golden chance for the students to be successful in the CSS exam. Unfortunately I have seen very few Christians applying for it, I look forward to our young people being appointed for officers’ posts in the government.” he concluded.
It is the first time that the Archdiocese of Lahore has taken the initiative to help young people of the community to prepare for the CSS examination. Before that, Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi and Multan had started the preparatory classes.
The CSS is Pakistan’s permanent bureaucratic elite, and is responsible for running civilian bureaucratic operations, the secretariats and directorates of the Cabinet of Pakistan.
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