Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 5:
With the annual Plus Two examinations less than a month away, neither the Higher Education department and nor the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) has any information about the venue for scanning of answer sheets and the duration of e-evaluation these scanned papers.
While it is still not known as to who would apply for the tender for scanning of answer sheets, the secretary and the minister of Higher Education have taken a decision for e-evaluation of Science papers.
The decision has put the CHSE authorities in a fix as they will take all the blame for any irregularities in the e-evaluation.
A senior official of the Higher Education department said the department has invited tender for e-evaluation which would be taken up accordingly as per the detailed project report (DPR) of the concerned agency who would be assigned to the job.
“The concerned agency, after taking up the assignment, would decide the venue where the answer sheets would be taken for scanning after the examinations are over. If there will be no bidders for the job, the e-evaluation will not be made,” he added.
It may be mentioned that the Council authorities, at a high level meeting presided over by the Higher Education minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi at the State Secretariat here on Tuesday, had made it clear that since it is not possible to take up e-evaluation of answer sheets in less than a month, the Council cannot take such risk.
Stating that his department would be put into much embarrassment if there would be no e-evaluation of Plus Two papers this year, the Higher Education minister insisted the department and CHSE authorities to conduct e-evaluation at any cost this year.
The meeting later decided that except the e-evaluation of Science papers, valuation of the remaining papers of Arts, Commerce and Vocational Education streams would be done manually.
As decided, a total of 94,952 of Science papers would be e-evaluated for which 3200 examiners and 400 chief examiners would be engaged and imparted training.
While the Higher Education department has made a budget allocation of Rs 5 crore for e-evaluation, it is not sure as to how much amount would be required for it. On the other hand, it has asked the CHSE authorities to bear the remaining cost.
However, the Council staffs have strongly objected to the proposal of the department in this regard.
“If the state government is thinking about e-evaluation, let it bear the entire cost,” they said.
It may be mentioned that out of a total of 3,71,920 Plus Two students appearing the annual examination this year, 2,31,865 are from Arts, 94952 from Science, 32,586 from Commerce and 11,517 from Vocational Education streams.