Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 8:
With the annual Plus Two examinations scheduled to begin in Odisha on March 2, the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) and the Higher Education department are now in a war of words over the issue of e-evaluation.
While the Higher Education department has asked the CHSE authorities to conduct e-evaluation at any cost, the latter has sought assurance from the department for error-free evaluation failing which it will have a loss of face which it had in the last year.
The examination management committee, formed by the Higher Education department, had a threadbare discussion with the CHSE officials at a meeting here on Saturday.
As informed by a senior official of the Higher Education department, the concerned minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi, present the meeting, was keen about e-evaluation.
However, CHSE chairman Prof Basudeb Chhatoi said the Council would agree for e-evaluation if the concerned agency, who would be assigned with the job, assures the Council of error-free scanning and uploading of answer sheets with utmost secrecy failing which, it would not give consent for e-evaluation.
Talking to the media after the meeting, additional secretary, Higher Education Durga Prasad Behera confirmed that there would the e-evaluation of Science papers this year for which the central scanning of all Science answer sheets would be done and uploaded at the CHSE office.
“The process for scanning of Science papers would start from March 4, the uploading would be completed within a month for which the Council should begin its preparation accordingly,” he pointed out.
However, a senior Council official said while about six lakh answer sheets of Science papers would be scanned and uploaded, for e-evaluation of these papers, 3200 examiners and 400 chief examiners would be trained and engaged.
“The Council does not have adequate space to house at least 3600 computers and store the scanned answer sheets. Considering the above, there is every possibility that there would be problems during the e-evaluation”, he added.