By: Rakesh Kumar Sharma
Educated unemployed youth of Himachal Pradesh is in a great stress by not getting a transparent and fair deal in some examinations conducted for admissions and jobs. On the one hand, scandals like PMT are coming into existence; on the other subordinate selection board’s OMR sheet evaluating machine preferred to selects only even numbered roll numbers in some examinations conducted last year for the posts like supervisor, excise inspector etc.
Premier institutions like Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) and H P Public Service Commission (HPPSC) are also not far behind. They are unable to evaluate the scripts with right answer keys. Two, such cases came into light, only when some individuals approached the High Court in the recent past. In MD/MS/MDS examinations conducted by HPU in March, 2007, a panel appointed by the court found that the answers to the 18 questions in the key were wrong (HPU told to make fresh merit list, The Tribune, March 17, 2007). Similarly, In HAS preliminary examinations conducted in 2007, an expert panel appointed by the court found that the answers to the 27 questions in optional paper of Political Science were wrong in HPPSC’s key (Panel finds 27 answers wrong, The Tribune, January 11, 2008).
When the difference of only one mark in such exams is crucial for the merit, a difference of 27 marks can change the whole merit list. In this scenario, the wrong merit is going to appear in the Mains Examinations, scheduled for February. Though, the petitioners have wasted few months and money in litigation processes, but got relief to appear in the Mains just a few days before the scheduled exam. Hundreds of candidates who did not raise any voice against it are totally left out in view of the wrong evaluation of 27 questions. Even after such big revelations by the court, we find no hue and cry in this sleepy state. Had it happened in our neighbouring states, the guilty would have been brought to book. But in our state, even press and government has gone insensitive to such issues.
Anyone creating doubts about the credentials about these institutions are snubbed by all including parents by terming it as an act of failure frustration. But only a few dynamic people in the society are helping in unearthing these scams. Now this leaves several questions to be answered. Should we keep on waiting for others to come forward and raise their voice for us? Can unorganised educated unemployed youth spare enough time and resources for such protests? Is it the sole responsibility of the court to enquire into the matter? Is it not the responsibility of government to set the system on track and make it more transparent? Should we repeatedly leave the culprit scot-free? Government of the people, press and social organisations must actively participate in finding solutions to these questions in this sleepy state, otherwise we will keep on getting worse results from the system.