Board came into existence in 1982 by amalgamating PMT, PET boards

Bhopal: In what seems to be a step aimed at burying the mega fraud, the State government has mooted a proposal to change the name of Vyapam – the board set up by amalgamating two boards in 1982, said officials.A high-level committee, constituted by the state government, has suggested that the organisation should be developed as a recruitment agency for government posts, along with conducting entrance tests for admissions to professional courses and its name should be according to the work it does.

The suggestion however, shows that the government wants to get rid of the tag Vyapam only because of the scam associated with it.The suggestion is pending with the chief secretary Anthony de Sa at present and if it gets the nod from him, which is likely, it will be tabled before the Cabinet for changes in overall structure of the board and its name, said officials.

The Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, known as Vyapam, because of its Hindi translation ‘Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal’ was set up initially as pre-medical test board in 1970.In 1981, the government constituted pre-engineering board and in 1982, the two boards were amalgamated to bring into existence the Professional Examination Board. Later, in 2007, the government reconstituted the board and gave it powers to recruit  government officials as well Sources said a high-level committee will soon meet to finalise the recommendations made by a committee of IAS officers for reforms in Vyapam and on how to execute the recommendations in phased manner. Recruitment in the board and a set up for vigilance will be discussed in the meeting.

No meeting, no notification for 7 years

Official sources said the board has faced a legal anomaly in its existence after the year 2007. The State government reconstituted the board but not a single meeting of the board was held in the past seven years. Also no official notification was issued to bring the body in existence. This issue cropped up recently, has caused difficulty for the government officials. They have sought legal opinion in this regard.

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