Shimla: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today inaugurated the modern online computer based examination centre of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.75 crore.Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the Public Service Commission is playing a vital role in progress of the society by selecting the best brains to serve the State in various capacities such as doctors, engineers, teachers and other officers and officials. In the present era of information technology, it becomes vital that the technology is used at the fullest to ensure promptness, transparency, accountability and minimising any scope of error. He said that effective use of IT not only help in saving time in cumbersome procedures, but also in instilling the faith of the candidates in the Commission.
He said that now, both online and offline examinations would be conducted by the Commission in its own examination hall. With the start of this computer based examination centre, dependency on private IT labs will decrease considerable especially for conducting online examinations and the Commission will be self-dependent to conduct online examinations in a time bound manner.
He said that around 350 candidates can be adjusted in this lab at a time either in online or offline examinations.Jai Ram Thakur said that the state government is committed to strengthen and modernise the Commission and would provide all possible help for its effective functioning. The full use of IT would also facilitate the candidates as they would not have to travel all the way to Shimla to submit their documents and would also get admit cards online. The Chief Minister said that the state government would also sympathetically consider setting up of a facilitation centre at Dharamshala for convenience of the candidates.