To check the use of high-tech gadgets for mass copying in various competitive examinations, the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) has proposed to install jammers at the examination centres.
The decision to install jammers came a fortnight after the police on a tip-off from intelligence agencies had cuaght 34 boys and grils from Haryana who used mobile phones to seek answers to questions during teachers' eligilibility test held on October 1.
All 34 students, who were caught red-handed by the police team, were said to have paid money to the kingpin of the mass-copying racket, who too hailed from Haryana.
“The commission would soon send a proposal to the state government seeking funds to install jammers,” said HPPSC chairman KS Tomar here on Thursday.
The commission had decided to take preventive steps to eliminate all chances of copying during various examinations, including Himachal Administrative Service (HAS) and state-level eligibility test (SLET), he added.
Underlining the need to use technology to check copying, he said jammers would help check hi-tech attempts for copying. He said emphasis would be laid on frisking of candidates during the examinations with the assistance of local police at various examination centres across the state.
“Invigilators will be sensitised to keep a close watch on suspicious elements,” he added.
He said the commission conducted the written examination of the staff selection commission (SSC) to recruit combined graduate-level, junior engineer, civil and electrical, and sub-inspectors in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and additional sub-inspectors in the central industrial security force (CISF).
He added that the commission had introduced a bar code instead of alpha-numeric roll numbers on answer-sheets for ensuring better secrecy and transparency.
Meanwhile, the HPPSC has also decided to revise the examination and screening test fee to be charged from a candidate. Now, general category candidates would be charged `400 and scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribe (ST) and other backwards classes (OBC) of the state would be charged `100.
“Ex-servicemen and visually impaired candidates will be exempted from any type of charges,” he added. Elaborating, he said the revised fee structure for SLET through the commission would be `750 for general category candidates and `188 for SC, ST and OBC.
“The fee structure for SLET examination will be applicable after the approval of the steering committee of SLET examination as per the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC),” he added.