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Kerala Public Service Commission – Secretariat Assistant Post

A meeting of the Kerala Public Service Commission ( PSC ) held Thiruvananthapuram on 9th July, 2012 has decided to issue the notification for the Secretariat Assistant post on 31st July, 2012.

Examination for the post will be conducted in January 2013 and the rank list will be published in March. Certificates will be verified before the examination, a Commission Spokesperson said.

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PSC setting up Question Bank

The Public Service Commission is going ahead with the process of setting up an exhaustive question bank at thiruvananthapuram for examinations conducted by the commission.

Experts in different fields have been roped in for preparing a database of questions.

Official sources told that the decision for setting up the question bank had been made as part of the reforms initiated by the commission to restructure the examination system and weed out mistakes in question papers.

Feeding of questions into the database has already begun. The bank will be updated at regular intervals so that it will be relevant throughout the year.

At present, experts assigned by the commission prepare question papers and despatch it in sealed covers. These covers will be selected through a draw of lot and sent to the security press for printing.

Many universities have already experimented with the question bank system and it is being emulated to increase the range of questions for examinations.

A system has been proposed for maintaining secrecy in preparation of question papers. Until a software is developed, the commission will have to manually pick questions from the bank for the examinations.

It has been proposed to seek the services of experts for the job. They will be summoned to the commission headquarters for preparing the question papers.

After choosing questions from the bank, they will handover the question papers in sealed covers. The covers will be selected through draw of lots and forwarded to the press.

It has been proposed to publish the question bank in due course so that candidates can rely on it to prepare for the examinations. This is also expected to give more transparency to the examination process.

In the wake of the controversies over the alleged misuse of mobile phones for helping candidates appearing for the examinations, the commission is also considering a proposal to impose a ban on mobile phones at the examination centres.

Candidates violating the ban, will be disqualified from appearing for the commission examinations, sources said.

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PSC Recruitments for CMC Posts under Consideration

The government would consider making appointments at the Co-operative Medical College, Kalamassery, through the Public Service Commission, said G. Sudhakaran, Minister for Co-operation, here on Wednesday.

Cabinet Nod needed

This needs to be discussed by the Cabinet, he said, adding that in case the PSC is not able to provide the personnel, the trust that manages the college would appoint the necessary personnel.

Addressing a meet regarding the ongoing strike by medical college students who were lathicharged on Tuesday, Mr. Sudhakaran said that outside forces are trying to foment trouble in the college.

He alleged that there could be a private sector lobby that is interested in creating trouble here.

A group of students, teachers and forces outside the college are waylaying the students.

The students should not fall in trap of these vested interests, he said. “The future of the students is at stake here.”

The Minister said that no order for lathicharge was given.

The Minister also said that there were many issues that were noted during the audit which included that 64 students including three NRI students were studying in the college without paying fees as their matter was in court. About Rupee 2.5 crore worth fee is due from these students.

Information withheld

The Minister said that this information was withheld by the college administration, and perhaps bringing this information in the public domain could be one of the reasons for the strike that began on Monday.

The Minister said that the principal is responsible for any happening in the college and should put the record straight by giving a full report about the incidents.

He has been given full authority in this regard. The students in MBBS, nursing and para-medical courses at CMC had gone on a strike following the medical director, P.G.R. Pillai’s resignation as he was asked to take charge at the hospital at Punappra under the Co-operative sector.

The students had alleged that the functioning of the medical college and the hospital were affected since some 15 odd doctors were transferred to Punappra.

Refuting these allegations, Mr. Sudhakaran said that the doctors were never transferred but were asked to help with their services at the Punappara hospital also, for which they would be provided an incentive.

The choice of service to this hospital was purely optional, said the Minister.

More Funds

The Co-operative Academy of Professional Education, under which the medical college functions, has been provided with Rupee 3 crore to develop infrastructure, but very little has been done in this regard, said the Minister.


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