Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 4:
The decision taken by the Odisha government’s Higher Education department at a review meeting two years back to revamp syllabi and examination pattern at the Plus Two level in the state in line with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been hanging fire since then under red tape. As a result, only a handful of students are managing to get selected from the state in all India entrance tests like IITs.
Sources close to the development said that the syllabi committee of the Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha (CHSE) has failed in its effort to bring in changes to the Plus Two syllabi. Moreover, senior professors who prepare textbooks in accordance with the prescribed syllabi are unable to prepare textbooks of a standards that would help students perform better at all India level examinations, they added.
Students studying in institutions affiliated to CHSE have not performed well in comparison to their counterparts in the CBSE and ICSE pattern.
“Whenever there have been discussions on the poor performance of students from out state in all India level examinations, we have proposed adoption of CBSE curricula and impart of lessons on CBSE pattern. But it’s yet to be implemented,” said Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) chairman Tusharkant Nath.
On the other hand, CHSE chairman Prof Basudev Chhattoi said: “We are discussing the matter. However, no decision has been taken. We will discuss the issue threadbare at the next examination committee meeting. The reason we are unable to adopt the CBSE pattern is the time-table of our colleges.”
It will be difficult to implement keeping in mind various functions, college union elections, holidays, teacher shortage, qualification of teachers etc., Prof Chhatoi said adding it can be implemented provided some changes are brought to the above.