Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 3:
Notwithstanding Odisha Higher Education minister Pradip Panigrahi’s directive to the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) authorities to complete the re-evaluation of the annual Plus Two papers within ten days, students are apprehensive of missing out on the JEE counselling scheduled on June 20.
“The way the re-evaluation process is going on, we seriously doubt if it will be completed within the deadline given by the minister. If it is not completed within the deadline, we will miss the JEE counselling on June 20,” said a panicky girl student standing in a long queue at the CHSE office counter here.
Parents too are living in dread of their children being deprived of the opportunity of taking part in the counselling. “Contrary to the assurance of the minister and the CHSE chairman that the re-evaluation process would be completed in 10 days, we have been told by the CHSE staff that the process could take more than a month. I don’t know what to do and where to go,” said a hapless guardian who had come to apply for re-evaluation of papers on behalf of his ward.
What has upset students and their guardians most is the fact that CHSE authorities are playing hard to get. “The two telephone numbers provided by the Higher Education department are perennially busy, making it impossible for us to contact the CHSE authorities,” said another student.
CHSE Chairman Dr BasudevChhatoi, however, sought to allay the apprehensions of the students and their guardians. Briefing media persons on the issue this morning, he said; “The process of re-evaluation has already started. The students need not panic as they can apply for re-evaluation of their papers within 30 days from the date of announcement of the results. We are trying our best to redress their complaints in the shortest possible time,” he said.