Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 28:

The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) authorities have decided to turn 27 police stations in Maoist-affected Odisha districts into nodal centres to store question papers for the matriculation examinations beginning Feb 28.

Of the 295 nodal centres across the state, BSE has decided to set up 27 centres in police stations in Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Koraput and Malkangiri districts.

The exam conducting authorities said that surveillance system such as CCTV cameras will be installed in several centres, if need be.

“The question papers will be kept in police stations for safety reasons. The papers will be dispatched to the examination centres with police escorting the vans from the police stations,” said Nihar Ranjan Mohanty, Controller of Examination, BSE.

Notably, the BSE has stepped up safety measures at nodal centres from last few years following alleged theft of question papers from a nodal centre in Puri in 2012.

This year, the Board has launched several online initiatives for regular and correspondence students to download their admit cards. The students can download their entry tickets from from February 8, sources said.