Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Postal dept offers ‘fool-proof’ transport

Dear Comrades,

The department, which delivers question papers of examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), says it can ensure “protected” delivery of II PU question papers, to taluk treasuries and exam centres. 

A day after a series of II PU question paper leaks prompted Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to admit that the entire pre-university examination system needs a “complete overhaul”, the Department of Posts evinced interest in “fool-proof” transport of question papers in future.

K Prakash, Director, Postal Services (Mail Business), met Rashmi V Mahesh, Commissioner of the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE), here on Monday, and explained to her the details of India Post’s question paper delivery service. “No paper in the UPSC or the CBSE exam has ever leaked. We have provided a fool-proof delivery system even in Bihar,” Prakash told Deccan Herald.

According to him, Mahesh took interest in the proposal and appeared receptive to the idea.

India Post would draft a commercial proposal and submit it to the DPUE shortly, Prakash added.

Doubts have been cast on the procedure followed by the DPUE for delivery of the question papers for the II PUC exam, in the wake of a series of leaks. At present, a transport company delivers the question papers from DPUE’s head office in Malleswaram, Bangalore, to taluk treasuries and exam centres all over the State.

One of the avenues for the leak is the transportation of the printed question papers from the DPUE office to treasuries and the exam centres. India Post might not get a better opportunity to approach the DPUE. Prakash, however, admitted that it would take a while for the DPUE to accept the proposal.
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