Outraged MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan,others blast UPSC for being anti-rural India

Pro-Hindi and pro-regional language 'lobby' gives a call to start a pan-India movement against UPSC.

Written by PTI | Bhopal | Published:March 15, 2013 1:11 pm

Holding that the recent changes made by UPSC in the civil services main exams are against the interest of aspirants from rural areas,Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged his counterparts in others states to raise the issue with the Prime Minister.

Chouhan wrote a letter to all the state Chief Ministers yesterday raising the issue of the recent decision of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to prepare merit list of the civil services main examination by adding the marks scored by the candidates in English language,official sources said today.

Chouhan said in the letter that such a decision was against the interest of the aspirants from rural India and small towns having very limited competency in English language,they said.

“I humbly request all of you to raise the issue of preparing civil services examination merit list considering the marks scored in English language with the Prime Minister,” Chouhan said in the letter.

He said that knowledge of any particular language should not become the criterion for selection process. The candidates should be encouraged to express themselves in any Indian language,along with a qualifying level examination of English language.

Since independence,efforts were being made to give civil services the status of the representative service,which resulted in the current situation where candidates belonging to poorer and deprived classes,too,were able to participate

in the civil services,he wrote in the letter.

The Chief Minister further said that in the last three decades,candidates having rural background and those belonging to weaker sections have secured their due place in the All India and other allied services.

However,while introducing reforms in the examination pattern,one has to keep in mind the limited scope available to the candidates having deep knowledge and natural competencies acquired through education because of language barrier,Chouhan said.

“Though in the globalisation period,necessity to know English language is increasing but capabilities and skills can be acquired through continuous training and knowledge,” Chouhan said.

The UPSC should focus on selecting candidates on the basis of their intellectual capabilities and interests as that will only create candidates having maximum capabilities,the Chief Minister added.

UPSC circular to count English marks decried

Patna: The Union Public Service Commission move to count marks of English subject (optional) in the civil services mains examination was today decried by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi who said it would hurt the prospects of aspirants from rural background.

“In the UPSC(mains) examination where even five marks make huge difference to chances of 250 to 300 aspirants,the Commission’s circular to count marks of the English optional subject will prove to be detrimental to the prospects of those candidates hailing from rural and regional background in the Hindi heartland and other regions,” Modi said in a statement.

A number of candidate from rural areas – many of them children of rickshawpullers and labourers used make it to the civil services examination with high ranks and qualify for the posts of the IAS,IFS and IPS officers. But now their prospects will be decisively affected if English (optional) marks was added in the mains examination,he said.

The UPSC’s circular was,however,a bonanza for aspirants hailing from big cities and towns with convent school backgrounds.

Terming the circular as “divisive and aimed at creating class divide in the society”,Modi urged the Centre to intervene and direct UPSC to withdraw it and maintain status quo.

The UPSC’s circular has also drawn the wrath of other states and regional leaders who have demanded a rollback.

“A civil servant shall not only identify the problems of his area,he should also be able to effectively communicate the same to his higher authorities,so that a solution can be found,” Nigavekar said over phone from Pune on the panel’s recommendations.

When asked whether the new pattern will virtually block the entry of aspirants who have obtained education in Indian languages,he said recommendations were made keeping in mind the existing structure of country’s education and no

“expertise” over any particular subject was stressed upon.

Noting that English is a global language required for effective multi-level communication,Nigavekar observed that some changes become imperative towards working in a global environment.

“By no way I am underestimating any regional language. But you know,in the present day scenario,the global boundaries have disappeared and language has become the unit of currency. It is the light and sound of communication,” he said.

“We cannot shut down our window towards the changes of the world and at the same time,we should not get thrown away from our culture. This is what Gandhiji had in his vision,” Nigavekar said.

When told that countries like China and Japan have made progress without laying stress on English,he said this phenomenon existed nearly a decade ago and now they too are seeing the language as a tool to deal with global competition.

“See,these days,you ask students to express themselves in a concise manner,be it be in any language,most of them will fail in doing so,” he said.

The students,however,have protested the new pattern,claiming that it dents prospects of those who have undergone education through state education boards,where English is not much emphasised upon.

Ranvijay,a journalism post-graduate who left his job to prepare for the exam,claims the new pattern will shut the door for Hindi-medium students.

“Testing English abilities is fine. But why add their marks in the merit list? Earlier too the English paper was there,but it was of qualifying nature. Wasn’t it enough to judge the communication skills,” asks Amarendra,a Ph.D researcher at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. PTI AGL ZMN

Narendra Modi slams changes in UPSC exam,alleges anti-Gujarati bias

Ahmedabad: Describing the recent changes in UPSC exam pattern as “a language bias” against Gujarati,Chief Minister Narendra Modi today demanded that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh should intervene and reverse the changes.

In a letter to the Prime Minister,Modi opposed the decision to scrap the regional languages.

“The decision would ruin the dreams of thousands of candidates from Gujarat,” he said,seeking that PM take a remedial step.

“A candidate will not be able to write the essay in Gujarati or in any other language. He has to now compulsorily write it in English or Hindi,” Modi said.

If a candidate has graduated in any of the approved regional languages,then he should be able to write all the papers (except Section-2 of Paper-1 on English comprehension and précis) in that language,Modi said.

He described the new rules as a “language bias” against Gujarati,because a large number of students in the state attend Gujarati medium schools,and can not be as proficient in English or Hindi as they would be in Gujarati.

A large number of candidates from the socially or financially backward classes,including those from tribal communities,belong to this disadvantaged section,whose chances would be spoilt due to the new rules,he said.

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