Srinagar: After complaints of mass copying in Jammu during examination for graduation level posts last month, the government on Thursday ordered J&K Service Selection Board to film all written tests in the state.
The direction is part of the twelve general instructions issued by the government in a bid to ensure transparency in the written tests conducted by the SSB.
“The SSB, in collaboration with the District administration, shall make arrangements for installation of video cameras in the examination centres during the examination hours by tying up with some private agencies, if such arrangements are not already in place in any of the government institutions fixed as examination venue,” reads a circular issued by the government, announcing the instructions.
“In case the same is not possible at any place, video shooting at regular intervals during the examination hours shall be taken,” it said and asked the SSB to preserve the videographed material.
“Expenditure on this account shall be borne by the SSB. After making arrangements for videography, it shall be announced in the examination centres, both orally as well as in writing that the examinees are under video surveillance.”
On December 25, the government cancelled examination in two centers in Jammu after pictures showing candidates mass copying went viral on social media.
The pictures also showed that the candidates come out of the exam centre along with their OMR sheets to write the papers.
The government also ordered that the examinations shall be conducted under the overall supervision of the Divisional Commissioner of the respective divisions.
It also directed the secretary SSB to approach the Divisional Commissioner for fixing the dates and finalization of venues before notifying the dates for the examinations.
“Divisional Commissioner shall call a meeting of the Zonal Inspector General of Police, 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 concerned division and the Secretary SSB.
Issues like security arrangements, fixing dates and identification of venues should be discussed and decided in the meeting. As far as possible, private educational institutions shall not be fixed as examination venues,” it said.
The dates for conduct of examination shall be fixed in such a manner so that they do not clash with the dates already notified by the Universities, Board of School Education or any other government agency for conduct of any other examination, the order adds.
In another instruction, the government said that once the dates are fixed and venues identified, the SSB shall notify it through print and electronic media.
Subsequently, it said, the Deputy Commissioners shall convene meetings to be attended by the SPs, Additional Deputy Commissioner, the Observer of the SSB, Principals of the institutions where venues have been fixed, Sub-Divisional Magistrates, the Chief Education Officers, and the Tehsildars to discuss various issues which has been specified in the circular. Among others, the meeting will discuss constitution of teams for lifting of examination material from the place fixed by the SSB to the examination venue. The meeting shall also Identify invigilatory staff in consultation with the Principals of the institutions fixed as examination venues and the Chief Education Officer concerned.
“In case private institutions have also been fixed as examination venues, the invigilatory staff shall not be deputed from the same institution but should be deployed from a government institution, or a mix of the two but under the superintendence of a government officer.”
The meeting shall also discuss constitution of flying squads under senior officers for visiting the examination venues as well as imposition of prohibitory orders under Section-144 Cr.Pc. around the examination centres.
As part of another instruction, the Additional Deputy Commissioner shall be appointed as the Chief Inspector of the respective district.
“He shall visit all the examination centres if the examinations are conducted at the district headquarters only. In case the examinations are conducted at Tehsil headquarters also, the SDM of the area concerned shall be appointed as the Chief Inspector in respect of such centres.”
The government also directed the Deputy Commissioners to personally visit the examination centres as and where possible.
“The security personnel shall take control of the examination venues clear two hours before the start of the examination.”
It said that proper frisking of the candidates should be done before they enter the examination centres and mobile phones or other electronic gadgets shall be barred inside the venue.
Lastly, it directed that after the examination, the material shall be carried to the already identified place by the team constituted for the purpose under proper police escort.