UPSC Exam Row Comes Up in LS, Govt Promises Fast Solution

As the row over UPSC examination pattern again reverberated in the Lok Sabha, government today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has himself taken up the issue seriously and a "balanced and mutually acceptable" solution will be found soon.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Samajwadi Party member Dharmendra Yadav condemned the lathi-charge against students agitating on the issue and wanted an early resolution.

Amid cries of 'shame, shame' from the opposition benches, he said the police have come down so hard on the agitating students that two of them were missing while three others were hospitalised in a serious condition.

He also charged the government with "doing nothing on the several assurances" it gave in Parliament on the issue.

Rajeev Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav (RJD) said the issue concerned not only Hindi but all regional languages and condemned the "brutal manner" in which the police quelled the protests by the students.

At one point, BJD leader B Mahtab was also seen saying something as his party members were in the aisle.

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was also on his feet trying to raise the issue, but could not be heard in the din as some members of Congress, RJD and SP stormed the Well raising slogans denouncing the government over the police action and seeking a solution within a time-frame.

Responding to the members' concerns, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the government and the Prime Minister have taken the matter "seriously" and would take a final decision at the earliest.

"It is not a political or a partisan issue. I will convey to the Prime Minister the strong feeling of the entire House," he said.

Observing that "it is not a Hindi or a non-Hindi issue but of regional languages also," Naidu said, "We will have to keep the balance in mind and take a balanced and mutually acceptable decision."

Earlier when the House assembled, opposition members, including Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, wanted to raise the issue by adjourning the Question Hour. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallowed them, saying she would allow it during Zero Hour.

Civil services aspirants are protesting against the pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) which they believe gives an unfair advantage to English-speaking students while leaving candidates from Hindi or regional languages background at a disadvantage. They want CSAT to be scrapped.

Protests have intensified after Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) issued admit cards last week for preliminary entrance exam scheduled for August 24.

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6/D-107
Aug 04, 2014
08:32 PM

Undeterred, opposition members from non-Hindi speaking states said it was still partial against regional languages even as Jitendra Singh clarified: "We have made it language neutral."

"Students from south India may be understanding English better than Hindi. What about them?" said Vayalar Ravi of the Congress and was joined by other members from non-Hindi speaking states.

"The non-Hindi speaking students have been facing bias for very long," said Kanimozhi of the DMK.

"The question paper for UPSC must be in all national languages, why only Hindi and English," said P Rajeeve of the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

ibnlive.in.com/news/centre-says-upsc-csat-made-language-neutral-opposition-sees-red/490268-72-220.html 

THE LANGUAGE DRAMA IS FOLDING AS NOW CONRESS FROM SOUTH WANTS ENGLISH !

ashok kumar ghai
Mumbai, India
5/D-103
Aug 04, 2014
08:25 PM

It will be quite funny and hilarious when our Anbassadors will addres Pess Conferences in Washington in chaste Haryanvi or Punjabi or Urdu or Bengali or Uria or Assamese etc 

THEYW ILL BE ASKED TO BRING THE TRANSLATORS INTO ENGLISH.

WHEN CHINA IS OPENING ENGLISH SCHOOLS SO AND MADE ENGLISH COMPULSORY INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS UNDER GANDHI FAMILY WANTS -NO ENGLISH Please .

ashok kumar ghai, Mumbai
4/D-102
Aug 04, 2014
08:19 PM

Seems UPSC introduced Csat in 2011 .Congress wa sthe Ruler .SO WHY THEY ARE PROTESTING NOW IF THE SAME POLICY IS BEING CONTINUED ???

This is Advani Brand Politics .Does Rahul wants to go the Advani's way ???

ashok kumar ghai, Mumbai
3/D-100
Aug 04, 2014
08:17 PM

Rahul Gandhi please come clean does he want our future Administrators speaking only Regional Language in International Fora ?? It is the Congress which is on the forefront not to test the candidates if they are even NOT fit to understand the English of the 10th standard ???

WHEN THE PROTESTERS MET RAHUL INSTEAD OF PUTTING SOME SENSE IN THEIR BRAINS HE RATHER SUPPORTED THEIR DEMAND .

''The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC in three stages -- preliminary, main, and interview -- to choose candidates for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.''NDTV

SO NOW OUR AMBASSADORS WORLD OVER WILL ADDRESS PRESS CONFERENCES,TALK TO FOREIGN PMs , Presidents EITHER IN HINDI OR PUNJABI OR URDU----ETC!!!

AND THESE VERY CONGRESSI POLITICIANS WERE PROTESTING INTRODUCTION OF SANSKRIT AND CORRESPONDANCE BY THE CENTRAL GOVT IN HINDI !!!

BY THE WAY MODI SARKAR HAS YIELDED TO THE DEMANDS OF THE PROTESTERS .

ashok kumar ghai, Mumbai
2/D-72
Aug 04, 2014
05:26 PM

I was having a look at some of the questions in the "comprehension test" section of the CSAT. I don't see anything in them that tests proficiency or fluency in English. It is a test of comprehension ability. To comprehend the problems posed is not a problem. They are quite simply posed. But if you are a duffer and are banking on memorising then you are in trouble. The comprehension test is to ensure that those with analytical skills get selected and those who can only memorise are weeded out. By giving in to the protesters the government is only diluting standards of entry. - Mohan Guruswamy

The above was posted on Facebook. Does anyone have a link to the sample test paper to see what exactly certain people are so agitated about?

Bonita, Chennai
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