[lg policy] India: ‘Expert committee to study Union Public Service Commission ’s language rule’

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 16 14:42:42 UTC 2011

‘Expert committee to study UPSC’s language rule’

An experts’ committee led by the Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru
University will examine the rule that mandates civil services
aspirants to take the interview in English if they answer the written
examination in English, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
informed the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.

The UPSC was responding to a PIL filed by an Indian Administrative
Services (IAS) aspirant Chittaranjan Kumar who took the examination in
2008 and claimed to be a ‘victim’ of the UPSC’s language policy.
According to the commission rules, a candidate who answers his written
examination in English has to answer questions asked in the interview
in the same language. On the other hand, candidates who choose to take
the written examination in a regional language, have the option of
taking the interview in that language or in English.

Kumar had argued that the rule indicated that the UPSC favoured
“convent-educated” candidates coming from privileged backgrounds over
those who had studied in vernacular-medium schools and were taught
English by teachers who were not fluent with the language themselves.


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