Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 28:
With only three days left in between for the Plus Two examinations conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) in the state to start from February 3 and lecturers of 488-category block grant colleges remaining rigid on their stand of non-cooperation in the conduct of examinations, the Odisha government has ordered district collectors to be ready with contingency plan to meet any exigency arising out of the situation.
Secretary Higher Education department has directed district collectors to remain ready with contingency plan for conduct of the examinations in view of the strike by lecturers of 488-category block grant colleges.
The department has directed for vesting additional tehsildar and additional BDO rank officers with the responsibility of safe keeping of question papers in the hubs.
Similarly, instructions have been issued to appoint government officers as centre superintendents, invigilators and relievers.
“District administrations have already prepared a contingent plan with tehsildar, BDO and other officials in it. Our district level consultants are helping them,” informed Biranchi Narayan Mishra, Controller of Examinations CHSE.
On the other hand, the 488-category block grant college teachers and employees coordination committee which has threatened not to cooperate in the conduct of examination till its demands are fulfilled will be holding a grand convention tomorrow at the Lower PMG square here to press for its demands.
“If the government abolishes block grant system and implements full Grant-In-Aid (GIA) with service conditions in conformity with qualifications we will certainly leave the streets and cooperate in the conduct of examinations, otherwise we have already said that we are not going to cooperate in the conduct of examinations,” said Pabitra Mahala, 488-category block grant college teachers and employees coordination committee.
The Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahy has however, warned that the government would not hesitate to take appropriate action in conformity with the law in the event of non-cooperation in the conduct of the examinations.
“The government will be forced to take appropriate action as deemed fit under the law against those who would play with the future of the students. The government is ready for it. I believe in a democracy solutions can be found out through dialogue,” said Pradeep Panigrahy, Minister Higher Education.
Notably, 203 hubs have been set up across the state for safe storage of question papers. These hubs are fitted with CCTV cameras for surveillance with policemen on guard round the clock.
This year a record 3.73 lakh examinees will be appearing Plus Two examination in 1098 examination centres across the state.