Jammu, January 29: After a number of incidents of cheating and mass copying cropped up in written examinations conducted by state recruitment agencies for various governmental posts, the concerned department has now decided to conduct the written exam under video surveillance.
In the recently issued guidelines to ensure fair and transparent examinations, future examinations will be conducted in only government educational institutions and it will be videographed so that the Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu regions can keep supervision over the examination.
These new guidelines have come after there was an uproar in the state over the recent incident of mass communication held on December 25 after which the JKSSB had to cancel the examination conducted for government jobs in two private institutions in Jammu.
The order issued last evening by General Administration Department (GAD) said that the written examination from now on will be conducted under the overall supervision of the Divisional Commissioner of the respective divisions and the Secretary of JKSSB will notify the Divisional Commissioner before conduct of examinations and fixation of the dates and finalisation of the venues.
It further said that the Divisional Commissioner, would call a meeting of the zonal Inspector General of Police (IGP), Director, School Education; Director, Colleges; Director, Technical Education; the Deputy Commissioners of the districts where examinations are proposed to be conducted, observers of the board for the division concerned and the Secretary of the JKSSB.
The fresh guidelines also includes the rule that the date examination should not clash with the dates already notified by the universities, boards of school education or any other government agency conducting any other examination.
Before fixing the date, the Deputy Commissioners concerned shall convene meetings and the District Superintendent of Police and Additional Deputy Commissioner concerned, observer of the JKSSB, and principals of the institutions where the venues have been fixed, Sub-Divisional Magistrates, chief education officer of the district, and the tehsildar concerned must attend the meeting.
The Chief Inspector of the respective district will be the Chief Inspector of the respective district and his duty is to visit all examination centres if the examinations are conducted at the district headquarters only.
“In case the examinations are conducted at the tehsil headquarters also, the SDM of the area or the tehsildar concerned shall be appointed as the Chief Inspector in respect of such centres,” order said, adding that the security personnel would take control of the examination venues two hours before the start of the examination.
Also, the invigilation staff shall reach the examination venue one and a half hours before the examination. Proper frisking of candidates should be done before they enter the examination centres.
Mobile phones and other electronic gadgets shall not be allowed inside the examination centres.
After the examination is over, the material would be carried to the already identified place by the team constituted for the purpose under proper police escort, the order said.