Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 8:
Embarrassed by the widespread resentment over faulty evaluation of the annual Plus Two answer papers, the state government has decided to withdraw the autonomy granted to the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) and initiated the process to bring it under its control.
The government is now planning to take over some administrative functions of the Council and keep these under the control of the Higher Education department.
Not only this, the government is seriously contemplating effecting a major change in the Plus Two syllabus and the pattern of evaluation, a senior official of the Higher Education department said.
Sources in the department said the state government would come up with a notification on the formation of a committee very soon comprising senior professors, vice chancellors and retired senior government officials.
The committee would offer suggestions to the government on the possible changes that can be made in the CHSE set-up to make it more efficient and student-friendly. It would also look into the present functions and activities of the Council and suggest what all should be brought under the direct purview of the state government.
This apart, the committee would also look into the desirability of appointment of senior administrative officials in place of senior teachers to the top posts of the Council including that of the chairperson.
Based on the report of the Committee, the state government would frame new rules for the Council.
The Higher Education department has also decided to conduct annual Plus Two examinations in line with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and online evaluation of answer sheets from the next academic session.
Apart from this, steps would be taken to replace the existing Plus Two syllabus with the CBSE syllabus. The Higher Education department would form a high level committee to decide the addition or changes in the subjects in the new syllabus. The state government would take necessary steps on the basis of the report of the committee, departmental sources said.
Taking note of the gross discrepancy and errors in the computerization of marks, the department has decided to disengage the Hyderabad-based computer firm, which was entrusted with the task this year, from the next academic session.
It may be recalled that the department had earlier asked the CHSE to replace this firm. The issue was also raised in the State Assembly where the members had strongly demanded replacement of the said firm. However, this had no effect on the CHSE that remained adamant on its decision to continue with the Hyderabad-based firm.
The Council, that has a reserve fund of Rs 150 crore, is also not doing much for its infrastructure development. The Council, till date, has not come up with its own website, leave alone the online admission process, the sources added.