Odisha Sun Times
Bhubaneswar, Feb 18:
Odisha’s Development Commissioner Injeti Srinivas today held discussions with collectors and SPs of all the 30 districts via video conferencing over the smooth management of plus two examinations in the state.
The state government has asked all the 229 private colleges conducting self financing courses to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the practical examination rooms and record the proceedings.
Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha Chairman Basudev Chhatoi who was present in the meeting said private colleges have been asked to provide video footage of the practical examinations along with answer sheets of practical examinations, failing which answer sheets will not be examined.
This decision is part of the examination reforms implemented by the department of Higher Education (DHE) in the aftermath of the question paper leak incident last year. He said adequate security arrangements have been made at the strong rooms where question papers will be stored.
This year, for the first time, the practical examinations have been scheduled before the theory examinations .Examination for 10 Science practical papers and 7 Arts practical papers will be conducted.
Practical examinations for Plus 2 which began on Monday will conclude on February 22 while examinations for theory papers will begin from March 3.
For smooth management and security of question papers, the government has set up 205 examination management hubs (EMHs), which have been put under CCTV surveillance.
The district administrations and police have been asked to take steps to ensure question papers are kept under tight security.
Over 3.24 lakh students are appearing for the annual examination in Science, Commerce, Art and Vocational streams through both regular and distance mode in over 1,300 examination centres.
Theory questions would be dispatched to the examination centres from the hubs on the day of the exams.
The government has formed a three-tier squad to check malpractice. CHSE is aiming for publishing the results before the end of June.
It may be recalled here that the state government had received much flak last year after the leakage of plus two question papers in some private colleges of the state.