The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today opened a museum comprising rare details of examinations conducted to select the country's bureaucrats during pre-to-post independence period.
The museum was inaugurated by UPSC Chairperson Alka Sirohi at the Commission's office in New Delhi. Archival material like original pamphlets, documents, reports and other records are part of the collections.
The material on display, covers the period since the founding of the Commission in 1916 till 2015. Museum timing is from 10 am to 2 pm (Monday to Saturday).
This collection covers the interest of a wide cross section of people. The items would be displayed in the museum on a rotational basis. Currently 147 such articles have been displayed aesthetically, under one roof.
During the inauguration, Sirohi said that the museum showcases rare reports, files, photographs, pamphlets and maps. "I hope that this will be a unique opportunity for students of history and candidates appearing for the various examinations conducted by the Commission. The museum also shows the history, development and growth of administration in India," Sirohi said.
Prof David R Syiemlieh, Member, UPSC also said that he hoped the museum will inspire students and civil service aspirants and appreciate the history of this great institution.
The objects on display at present are pamphlets of the civil service of India, 1916 and 1918 examination, Indian Imperial Police Service Examination, 1926, Combined Competitive Examination 1938 and pamphlets of various other examinations.
It also has on display, books authored by bureaucrats, mementos received from different organisations and panels showing lists of the toppers of civil services examination, engineering services examination, Indian Forest Services examination, Indian Statistical Services examination, Geologist examination, and Combined Defence Services examination.
"In the Museum, state-of-art technology has been leveraged for displaying several documents of archival value digitally, through e-kiosks. Braille Panel has been fixed to facilitate the visits of visually impaired," a press release issued today by Personnel Ministry said.