Before qualifying for the online exam,candidates must pass a test of typing 30 words per minute
The Maharashtra State Council of Examinations (MSCE) has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Education to conduct online exams for typewriting. Although the ministry is yet to decide,the Maharashtra State Association of Shorthand and Typewriting has lauded the move.
Typewriting and shorthand exams come under the Government Commercial Certificate Examinations. A proposal was sent from the examination council to the ministry in August. All people concerned from the ministry,the examination department and the typewriting association attended the meeting on August 28 where we discussed the software and syllabus and how to go ahead with the exam. We hope to get the approval within a year, said Mahavir Mane,MSCE Commissioner. He said,But before qualifying for the online exam,candidates must pass a typewriting exam of completing 30 words per minute.
At present,there are 2,77,000 typewriting and shorthand students in the state,said Prakash Karale,president,Maharashtra State Association of Shorthand and Typewriting. On the occasion of golden jubilee celebration of the shorthand and typewriting association held in Ahmednagar last December,a demo of the software to be used in online exam was given. The software that they have developed do not have the options of delete,auto correct or spell check. Hence students will not compromise accuracy for speed, said Prakash Karale,association president.
There is a need for reforms in the way typewriting exams are conducted,said Prashant Hardikar of Hardikars New Shorthand & Typewriting Institute (HNSTI). Every student has a marked machine that he or she is used to. Once the machine is changed,his efficiency is affected. But during the exams,instead of the government sending examiners to the institute,we have to carry the machine to the exam centre. This is really hectic and also risks wear and tear of machines, said Hardikar.
The feeling is also echoed by Pramod Mondhe of Proficient Shorthand and Typewriting Institute. The exam centres are mostly schools and Classes V or VI classrooms are allotted to the candidates. The desks in classrooms are slanting and hence it is extremely uncomfortable for the students to type. The government increased the exam fees from Rs 50 to Rs 200 last year,but sadly infrastructure has failed to improve accordingly, said Mondhe.
Although typewriting has lost its charm today,it was considered a 100 per cent job guarantee course by many two decades ago. is perhaps one of the oldest typewriting institutes in Pune. Our institute started in 1917. All government services back then required candidates who could type, said Hardikar.
But with computers making way in day to day life,typewriters lost their importance. Our institute was set up in 1955. But in 1990s we realised that computers will sooner or later take over typewriters. Hence,we also started computer classes, said Mondhe.