Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) on Saturday launched a toll free helpline (1800-180-8004) to redress the queries of candidates from across the state.
HPPSC Chairman KS Tomar while launching the toll free elpline number 1800-180-8004 said that this move will help thousands of candidates appearing for the various Competitive Examinations in the state.
“The assistance Centre will function from 10 am to 5 pm excluding government holidays and telephonic calls of the candidates will be answered by the experienced and professional executives,” Tomar said, adding that this facility will prove a boon to those aspirants from nook and corner of the state who face problems in filling up the Online Application forms as there is no methodology and helpdesk to seek clarifications about their queries related to online forms.
Tomar said that he recently visited Rajasthan Public Service Commission at Ajmer to know about the latest technology being used and Rajasthan Public Service Commission has taken major initiatives like Information Technology enhancement, systemization and pattern change to reduce the paper work during the written examinations to zero level.
“We have to go a long way to take the current system of the examination to the next level which will have hundred percent utilisation of new technology. HPPSC will endeavour to adopt online examination system so as to make it fully paper less as is being done by various Public Service Commissions of the country,” Tomar said.
He said that at present State Public Service Commission was receiving about 80,000 online applications for various competitive examinations such as Himachal Administrative Services, Himachal Judicial Services, College Cadre Lecturers, Naib Tehsildars and Allopathic and Ayurvedic Doctors etc.
“Out of these applications 33000 applications are for HAS and allied Services and these online aspirants will be benefitted by this toll free number. The knowledge about filling up of forms, details of advertisements, date of examinations and other such queries will now, be answered through this toll free number,” he said.
He said that he had urged state government about the dire need of introducing coaching in Aptitude test in schools, colleges and universities to prepare the students for the different type of competitive examinations. HPPSC has also requested the government to direct the education and technical education departments to start coaching in Aptitude Test on the analogy of the National Service Scheme and National Cadet Corps which will benefit thousands of young aspirants.
“Unfortunately, schools and colleges do not develop the orientation skill amongst the students in Himachal Pradesh which deprive them of the skill to compete in various examinations, Tomar added.
He added that the aspirants from the rural areas are worst hit as they do not get the opportunities like their counterparts in urban areas which can be attributed to lack of financial status, better educational opportunities, coaching facilities etc.