Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Dec 21:
The Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha is all set to digitize examination related data of students who have appeared their High School Certificate (HSC) examinations through it since its inception in 1955 till date, said an official of the BSE.
Most of the records pertaining to examinations conducted by the BSE, which will step into its 60th year tomorrow are stored in hard copy in the shape of tabulation registers in the confidential section. Most of these are gradually on the verge of decay.
This will apart from securing storage of data it will be of great help to students seeking duplicate certificates and mark sheets which would be available within no time after deposit of the requisite fees.
“The Board of Secondary Education was established in 1955. In the initial days the number of students appearing matriculation examinations was less. With gradual increase in the number of candidates appearing for the matriculation examinations it has crossed six lakh in the current year. Records of students, who have appeared their examinations through us, in the last 60 years beginning 1955 to 2015 till date, is available with us in hard copies. But we have observed as records in hard copies get older, these are on the verge of decay. Under the present system as hard copies are vulnerable to decay with age it will not be possible on our part to provide mark sheets, certificates of earlier years but digitization will solve the issue. We are therefore thinking of digitizing the entire data of students stored in tabulation registers which contain marks secured by the candidate, in which division he/she has passed, the examination centre through which he/she appeared the examination etc, so that when students ask for it in the future it is not difficult for us to provide these,” said Dakshya Prasad Nanda, president BSE.
Nanda said around one crore students would have passed HSC examinations through the BSE in the 60 years span of its existence so it will be a herculean task to digitize data of all these examinees which will require time and money.
“In the meantime we have given a proposal to the state government. If the state government accepts that proposal and extends some financial support to us for the digitization work; if not for the entire 60 years at one go we can in the first phase go for the period from 2000 to 2015 and gradually get it done till 1955.
Sources said the process will involve a financial expenditure of Rs four to five crore.