Initiating a process to erase the bitter memories associated with Vyapam scam, the Professional Examination Board management on Tuesday got the signboard at its headquarters whitewashed.
The board is likely to be renamed as “Pravesh Avam Bharti Pareeksha Mandal (Admission & Recruitment Examination Board).”
In the eye of a storm ever since the Vyapam scam broke out in July 2013, the examination board management has also proposed to change its official logo.
Recently, it has issued advertisements in local newspapers inviting designs for the new logo. An award of Rs 25,000 has also been announced for the best design, which shall be adopted as the board’s official logo.
The façade of the board’s building will also be repainted. A tender for whitewashing the building has already been floated.
However, it’s not just the exteriors that are undergoing overhaul. Security system for the admission and recruitment tests are also being strengthened, so as to not allow a repeat of the multi-layered scandal.
According to Vyapam director, Tarun Pithode, HashTag Systems will be introduced in the board so that any change made in the software could be immediately known. Besides, the board is also planning to conduct most admission and recruitment tests online.
Under the new security system, every answer sheet will have a digital code and if an answer sheet is tampered with, the code will change. “It will not only let us know that the answer sheet has been tampered with, but we would also be able to know who tampered with the paper, where and when,” said Pithode.
A CD containing all the answer sheets will also be digitally coded. If tampered after being put in the locker, the code will also change, revealing the tampering and the person who did it.
A retired IAS or IPS office with immaculate record of integrity will be given charge of the locker room, he said.
Besides, the board is also planning to introduce biometric system for verification of candidates during form submission, at exam centres and after selection. “This way fingerprint of an examinee will be tested three times to eliminate any chance of impersonation in examinations,” he said.