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Shield against prejudice

The commission has suggested that there should be no separate list of reserved candidates called to interviews.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 03:06 IST

If the Planning Commission has its way, the reserved category students appearing for interviews in civil service examinations will not have to worry about caste prejudices scuttling their chances during interviews.

The commission has suggested that there should be no separate list of reserved candidates called to interviews nor should the interviewer have any inkling about the caste of the interviewee. Rather,  the commission favours a unique roll number for the SC/ST and OBC candidates to prevent any discrimination.

In a note sent to the Prime Minister's Office, the commission has suggested that each reserved category candidate be given a special roll number which will identify their castes to the examining authority but not to any interviewer. Such a system is already in place in Uttar Pradesh.

The commission has suggested that a similar system can be introduced by the Union Public Service Commission, which conducts a large number of examinations for jobs in the central government and some state governments, including the prestigious civil service examinations.

Lakhs of students appear for UPSC examinations every year. Though a high number from the reserved categories take the exams only a few thousand clear them.

Sources say, the Planning Commission’s suggestion is part of its endeavour to bring in more efficiency and transparency in functioning of government organisations. The commission has been suggesting various functional changes in different government organisations to improve governance.

It had earlier suggested opening up the education sector to expand the reach of higher education to remote parts of the country. The panel asked HRD ministry to ensure that 10 per cent of the funds for higher education are utilised for betterment of backward and deprived classes.