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Vyapam chairman: MPPEB has gone for massive tech upgradation

His could be the most unenviable job right now. As the head of Vyapam, or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), Madan Mohan Upadhyaya has to weather the storm caused by the high-profile recruitment scam that has left his organisation's credibility in tatters and simultaneously try to meet the challenge of holding foolproof exams in future.

india Updated: Jul 09, 2015 01:32 IST
Shahroz Afridi
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Madhya-Pradesh-Professional-Examination-Board-PEB-office-in-Bhopal-HT-photo

His could be the most unenviable job right now. As the head of Vyapam, or the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), Madan Mohan Upadhyaya has to weather the storm caused by the high-profile recruitment scam that has left his organisation's credibility in tatters and simultaneously try to meet the challenge of holding foolproof exams in future.

The magnitude of the task is daunting — entrance exams for 95,257 seats in various professional courses and recruitment to 60,724 posts in different government departments are to be organised this year. Upadhyaya is mindful of the difficulties the scam taint will pose, but plans to introduce greater transparency in a bid to spruce up the board’s image.

“We have gone for a massive technological upgrade that includes systems and cyber security, automation and related processes,” Upadhyaya told HT.

Upadhyaya, posted as chairman in August last year, says he has already brought a sea change in the system of organising exams and the evaluation process. “Earlier, insiders who remained posted in one position caused the most harm to the system. In the new system, duties would be assigned on rotation,” he said.

Despite the snowballing controversy over at least 40 deaths linked with the recruitment scam, the chairman maintained that people’s confidence in Vyapam remained intact. “The number of applicants has doubled in a year. From 949,000 applicants in 2014, we have 1.84 million this year. Participation from the rural areas has increased, too. Of the 1.34 million applicants this year, 443,000 are from urban and 895,000 from rural areas,” he said.

Watch: The A to Z of the Vyapam scam





The scam entailed an organised racket employing trained medics to impersonate as medical students and write recruitment exams since as early as 2008. Middlemen manipulated seating arrangements and forged answer sheets in exchange for lakhs of rupees.



Greater transparency should inspire more confidence among all stakeholders, Upadhyaya said. "The merit list is available online. An applicant can obtain his copy under the right to information law," he added.



Of the dozen books Upadhyaya has authored, three are on efficient public administration and good governance — lessons from which he now needs to test in real life.

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