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h6tChandigarh : Of the 388 posts of constable (technical) in the Informatio1n Technology and Telecommunications wings of the Punjab Police advertised six months ago, only 135 posts have been filled.

More than 54,000 candidates had applied for the posts, of which about 45,000 had cleared the physical test. And of them, only 311 candidates (an abysmal 0.7 per cent) had qualified for the written exam.

Of the 311 candidates, 126 opted to join the district police as they had taken the exam for those posts as well. And of the remaining 185 aspirants, 135 have joined the IT and Telecommunications wings.

This is just one part of the story. Those who did not join — 50 of them — do not have a degree to show that they have worked on a computer for at least 200 hours. They, though, are graduates or post-graduates.

The Police Department has written to universities concerned to state whether or not working in computer labs as part of the graduation or post-graduation course fulfils the 200-hour requirement.

The fate of these candidates hangs in balance.

A police official said that 126 qualified candidates opted to join the district police because of fast pace of promotion in that cadre. Sources said so slow was the promotion in IT and Telecommunications cadre that DSPs recruited in 1982-83 were yet to be promoted as IG, unlike other cadres where the pace of promotion was fast. These DSPs are still working as Superintendent of Police.

He said this was half the problem. “Several candidates had a degree in computer hardware and studied software to a certain limit. They have, however, cleared the test for software. Their recruitment depends if universities state that their learning of the software is as per our requirement,” he said.

The department had requirement of 244 computer operators and 72 for computer hardware and software each. The basic qualification for the posts was Class XII with physics and a diploma in electronics or computers or a three-year diploma after Class X.

Such was the rush of candidates that majority of them were B Tech in IT or BE (Computer Science) or BE in Information Technology. Even post-graduates having a degree in MCA and M Tech also applied in large numbers.

“Of the 135 candidates who joined as constable, 82 are computer engineers,” another official said.

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A police official said that 126 qualified candidates opted to join the district police because of fast pace of promotion in that cadre. Sources said so slow was the promotion in IT and Telecommunications cadre that DSPs recruited in 1982-83 were yet to be promoted as IG.

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