Police assistance sought for internal vigil at PEB
Facing strong criticism and battered reputation after the pre- medical test ( PMT) scam, the MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) is now planning steps that might help it salvage some of its lost standing.
Not only the board would try to get police personnel posted in proposed cyber security cell and vigilance cell of the board, it would also restructure itself, shifting the available staff around and seeking creation of new posts to get dedicated staff to perform key activities.
The director and controller of examination of the board, Pankaj Trivedi told HT that the board would be writing to the state government to provide it with aid of expert police personnel so that the board could set up effective cyber security cell and a vigilance cell.
While the cyber security cell would take care of data security protocol and monitor other cyber activities in the board office and by its employees, the vigilance cell would monitor the physical aspect of different confidential activities carried out by the board.
“We do not have the expertise to undertake such monitoring and it has become imperative after the recent revelations. Therefore, we are planning to write to the state government to provide us the help of police department in this matter,” the director said.
Also the internal security would be further spruced up by installing additional security cameras, although they might not be as effective as a internal vigilance cell, he said.
The director further said that restructuring of the board’s functioning and seeking creation of new posts so that key activities could be effectively and confidentially handled are on the priority of the board.
“We would be writing to the government in this matter too.”
While accepting that the employees work under great pressure because of gradual increase in the scope of activities of the board over last two years, he said that it was not the number of employees, but the rationalisation of the their work load that would help in balancing out the things.
He also hinted that the board would limit the number of entrance tests and recruitment exams that it conducts during the course of a year.
During last year, the board conducted about 36 exams, which made it a test in a fortnight; something that the board officials now feel is a little too much.