Odishatv Bureau

Cuttack: The Board of Secondary Education (BSE) has decided to set up nodal centres in four Maoist prone districts for the ensuing annual High School Certificate (HSC) examinations beginning from February 28.

“Out of 295 nodal centres in the state, we will set up nodal centres in 27 police stations in Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Malkangiri and Koraput districts taking note of the Maoist threat. The question papers from these nodal centres would be despatched to the examination centres and the used answer sheets would be collected from the centre and taken to the nodal centres on the same day of the examination. Apart from this, we will install CCTV cameras in all sensitive centres if necessary,” said Dr Nihar Ranjan Mohanty, Controller of Examinations, BSE, to media persons here today.

He said the Board has expedited its pre-examination work. "We have sent the intimation letter on examination centres. Besides, we have also informed the schools which would be either the nodal centres or the evaluation centres," he pointed out.

Talking about the students who will appear in the examinations through correspondence course, he said these students who had filled up their forms in the zonal office will download their admit cards which will be uploaded on the BSE website after February 7. “But they can download their admit card by logging in their Unique Identification Number (UIN) which we have already uploaded on our website,” he informed.

Asked about the steps the Board has taken to curb malpractice during the examinations, Mohanty said we will form the flying squads tentatively by February 23, five days before the commencement of the examinations.