The fate of 37 students, who had appeared in the annual Plus Two examinations in Odisha this year, is uncertain as the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) has withheld their results.
One of the victims is Madhusmita Rath, a Plus Two Science student of NC College, Jajpur.
A talented student, she had secured 85 percent of marks in the HSC examinations and had hoped similar results in the annual Plus Two examinations this year.
A special investigation carried outbyleadingOdia daily ‘Sambad’ has revealed that some pages of 42 Science answer sheets of these 37 students have been found torn off. In some cases, 2-4 pages of the answer sheets of these students are found missing.Reliable sources said that some of the torn answer sheets are found pasted with gum.Talking to ‘Sambad’,CHSE chairman ProfBasudevChhatoi informed that the e-evaluation of 42 Science answer sheets of these 37 students was not done.Admitting that the Council finds such instances every year, he said the incident had come to the limelight during scanning of these answer sheets.
Stating that the Council suspects that the students might have done this for malpractice, he said the Council would form a sub-committee and call up the 37 students to ascertain the truth on July 21.
“e-Evaluation of these papers would be done after the Council receives the explanation from the concerned college principals. Action would be taken against these students and the principals if they are found guilty,” Chhatoi said.
Considering that the last date of application for admission in the Plus Three streams in just two days away, it is certain that these 37 students would be deprived of admission in the current academic session since the earliest their results can be declared is after July 21 when they have been summoned by the Council.