Visually impaired students barred from appearing exams

Bhubaneswar: As many as ten visually impaired students are a worried lot as the college authorities have barred them from appearing examination here.

The ten students studying in first year arts stream of BJB Junior College were prevented from appearing examination as the writers nominated by the students belong to the same batch, the college authorities claimed.

“Despite not having any circular, the college authorities barred us from appearing examinations. When we asked for the circular on the first day of the examination, the authorities failed to provide us any document. It is unjust to prevent us in such circumstances,” a student Padmalochan Sahu said.

As per CHSE guidelines, a visually impaired candidate can be allowed to use a scribe who is one year junior if belonging to the same stream of studying or a writer belonging to a different stream.

As the college authorities claim that the students violated the norms, the students however pleaded ignorance.

“We had told the students to arrange writers from junior batch and reexamination would be conducted without any additional fees,” BJB Junior College Principal S N Mohanty said.

As per examination code of conduct, a student can appear in the examination for a visually impaired student nominated by the latter provided the writer is one year junior to the candidate or belonging to a different stream. However, the writer has to be authorized by the college to appear examination on behalf of the candidate.

Now, the students claim that they were unaware of these provisions. With three days of examinations being over, the students are now a worried lot.