---- Editorial ----
Put more money into scientific research activities
Once again the India's space scientists have made country proud by launching a record
104 satellites on a single rocket from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh
on Wednesday. Space agency ISRO successfully launched the satellites. With this India
has become the first country to successfully carry so many satellites in a single
mission. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C37 is the star of what has been
described as an incredible step for the country's space programme. In the last decade
India has made tremendous achievement in the field of space programme.
The Moon Mission of ISRO is a huge success till date. India won Asia's race to Mars
in 2014 when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered the planet's
orbit after a 10-month journey on a tiny budget. Since then Mangalyaan has been sending
pictures and data to ISRO scientists helping to understand planet Mars. Amazingly
the ISRO has made these achievements on a shoestring budget. Infact now they are
earning huge revenue for the country by sending satellites of other countries to
the space. The stunning achievements of Indian scientists shows that they can do
wonders if properly supported. The Government of India needs to take inspiration
from ISRO and start putting more money into research activities. India spends very
less money on scientific research activities.
---- Readers Forum ----
Don’t increase post
This is with reference to the letter "don't increase post"
published in the readers' forum of your esteemed daily. If the information of the
number of A.E civil posts having been increased to 45 as against the original advertised
34 posts for the current recruitment just before the viva-voce is true, it would
be gross injustice to the unemployed engineers and unprecedented in the history of
Any such move could be construed as politically motivated because it would violate
the laid down norm of 1:3 ratio for interview (the number of candidates selected
for interview is only for 34 posts and not 45) and give undue advantage to certain
written qualified candidates.
So, I would like to appeal the APPSC not to create any controversy and keep any
additional vacant posts received after the written result was declared for fresh
recruitment as per the new annual exam calendar of the commission.
An unemployed engineer
It has been learned from reliable sources that the post of AE (civil) is being increased
to 45. Through your daily, I would like to appeal the APPSC chairman and other concern
authorities of the commission to increase the number of candidates for viva - voce
accordingly in 1:3 ratio if vacancies for the said post is to be increased. Hope
the new chairman and members would keep up the sanctity of the commission
Stipend/Scholarship of APST students
I am writing about the recent catch-22 over the Stipend/Scholarship of APST students
and their misconceptions on it. To begin with, under the scheme of Post Matric Scholarships
to the students belonging to Scheduled Tribes for studies in India, Ministry of Tribal
Affairs, Govt. of India, Article III (xii), No.11017/4/97-SCD-V dated 10.07.1998
states that a scholarship holder under this scheme will not hold any other scholarship/stipend.
Similarly, clause V(6) of Arunachal Pradesh State Stipend Scheme 2012 (w.e.f. 01.04.2012)
articulates the same provision as above.
Furthermore, a three-tier cross verification have been devised this year to avoid
duplicates, since many such cases were witnessed in the preceding years wherein the
students availed the both.
All in all, I must state that, Arunachal Pradesh - a nurturing state; must have contribution
from all sections of the society for its well being. We as students can avail the
center's benefit and convert the State's stipend fund for other developmental activities
in education department.
And at this dawn of the new academic session, I hope my suggestions will be taken
into consideration and may the students excel in their future endeavors with sincerity
Assistant Secretary Education
All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union
Process of scaling of marks
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the process
of scaling of marks in UPSC optional (mains), which APPSC can adopt to do away with
discrepancy in awarding marks in arts and descriptive science subjects.
The methods of marks moderation for the optional paper in UPSC are described below:
The personnel engaged in evaluation of answer script consist of Head examiner and
other examiners. The head examiner is also the paper setter. If the numbers of papers
to be examined are less than 350, the head examiner checks all the copies but if
the number exceeds this limit then for each additional 300 copies, an additional
examiner is appointed. The head examiner convenes a meeting of all the examiners
in the UPSC premises within seven days of the conduct of an optional subject. All
of them are asked to prepare model answers for all parts and sub parts of the question
paper. These questions and answers are then thoroughly discussed. At the end of the
discussion, the head examiner with the consensus of the additional examiners issues
After this the examiners examine all the copies within a specific time frame. Once
this is over, all the copies are arranged in vertical stacks (examiner-wise) with
the head examiner. The head examiner then conducts a sample survey.
In the sample survey, he chooses 20 copies from each stack (examiner). These 20 copies
are - 5 which scored the highest in the stack; 5 which scored the lowest in the stack
and 10 selected randomly. The head examiner then conducts upward or downward moderation
of the marking of these copies, if the need be. If the discrepancy or deviation in
any of the stack(s) is found erratic, he moderates the entire stack then.
Once the subject scrutiny is over the UPSC resorts to a statistical process known
as normative linear regression and brings all the subjects on a common plane.
This is a snapshot of scaling process in optional subjects in UPSC. If APPSC adhere
to it in letter and spirit, outstanding result could be achieved. In 2011 mains,
many sociology students got above 140 marks. But the same students got 80-100 average
marks in the 2015 mains. Many reported that their performance was better in 2015
than in 2011 mains. Obviously, moderation brought down their marks. But it was done
for progressive good and to give level playing field to all the other optional subjects.
I suffered the same fate by opting sociology as one of the optional in 2011 and 2015.
Sociology was only subject that was regarded as high marks fetching subject for the
arts students. But moderation has curtailed the scope of sociology in particular
and arts graduate in general.
In this regard I request our commission to look into the matter and make proper and
just scaling of marks of all the subjects like it did to sociology. However, subjects
like maths, engineer, statistics; accountancy is different ball game all together
where the final answer is the final score. With competent person like Taloh as the
chairman of APPSC, we can expect a positive change very soon.
Civil service aspirant
No further increment of post
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to appeal to the APPSC not
to further increase the number of post of A.E civil in this current recruitment exam
as it is being heard from the reliable source that the strength of post has again
been increased to 46 against the actual strength of 34 as per the final advertisement.
Let all the additional posts be kept for the next recruitment exam and may be held
as early as possible as many of us could not take the exam due to some rejections
in the application forms.
Therefore, kindly allow us to have another chance of rectifying ourselves in the
next recruitment exam before coming Lok Sabha election as most of our age validity
is about to expire. Moreover, as per the rules, the number of post cannot be increased
after the final notifications.
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