After it was forced to defer two more exams on Tuesday following a virus attack on April 2,MPSC has decided to terminate the contract of the IT company maintaining its website.
It has asked the company to hand over backup data. Data loss due to the website crash left over 3.9 lakh students in the lurch. As there was no backup,MPSC asked all candidates to re-register by April 4. But the large number of students could not register again in time,forcing the state government to defer an April 7 exam.
The company has failed to provide us the data 14 days after the crash. This is a huge lapse as lakhs of students were inconvenienced. This is not at all professional, said Sudhir Thakre,chairman of MPSC.
The company claims to have backup data. As soon as we terminate its contract,we will invite tenders from other IT companies, he said. MPSC has now deferred the April 21 exam for insurance officers,for over 6,000 candidates had registered,and the April 28 exam for agriculture officers which 800 candidates were to take.
Thakre said,We have received around 2.5 lakh applications for a re-exam,mostly from students who had registered for the April 7 exam. We are trying to fix a suitable date for the re-exam. We want to make sure it does not clash with other competitive exams. An official said MPSC would need at least 21 days to complete the formalities for a fresh exam. However,May 5 and June 9 are the only Sundays free.