Frere Hall building, Karachi
Frere Hall building, Karachi Image Credit: Supplied

Karachi: A colonial-era building in Karachi dating back to 1865 and serving as one of the icons of the city, will now be utilised to give free coaching to youth of the city who aspire to join Pakistan’s elite civil bureaucracy.

This will be an additional use of the Frere Hall building in Karachi, on Abdullah Haroon Road, which is used to host cultural, festivals, recreational, and literary activities frequently.

Karachi’s Administrator Iftikhar Ali Shallwani inaugurated a corner in the Frere Hall building, which will be used to give free coaching to the youth preparing for the Central Super Services (CSS) Examinations popularly known as Competitive Exams to join the elite civil bureaucracy of the country.

Administrator Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shallwani with students  Pakistan
Administrator Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shallwani with students aspiring to appear in CSS Examinations to join Pakistan's civil bureaucracy. Image Credit: Supplied

Those who enrol for the preparatory programme will also be given books and other reading material free of charge to help them prepare for the exams.

Karachi’s administrator, who is himself a senior bureaucrat, said that serving and retired bureaucrats, former diplomats, and senior government officials would be invited to give lectures to the candidates of the CSS exams at the Frere Hall.

He said senior bureaucrats and government officials would share their real life experiences with the students preparing for the CSS exams. He said that becoming successful in the CSS exams had always been a source of pride for the youth as the exams assess the aptitude and abilities of the youth.

He advised the students on the occasion that for success in life, they should read good books related to their subject and not merely rely on Google for gaining knowledge. Karachi’s administrator said that they would make efforts so that students belonging to every area of the city would be able to avail themselves of this free coaching facility.

A similar coaching facility will also be established by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation at Al-Markaz-e-Islami in Federal B Area. The free coaching classes will be held daily from 5 pm as Karachi’s administrator will also give lecture there every fortnight.

So far, 40 students have enrolled themselves for the free coaching.