Bhubaneswar: As part of reform measures in the higher education sector, the State government has decided to increase remuneration of paper setters preparing questions for Plus III examination and examiners evaluating the answer sheets of candidates.

A decision in this regard was taken during a meeting with Registrars and Examination Controllers of all universities of the State under chairmanship of Higher Education Minister Arun Sahoo here.

Sources said faculty members getting Rs 300-500 to prepare question papers for Plus III examination will get Rs 1,000. Similarly, examiners who were getting Rs 15-20 per answer sheet for evaluation will get Rs 30.

This apart, during the meeting it was also decided to increase the number of evaluation centres for smooth conduct of Plus III examination. The Higher Education department is planning to set up one evaluation centre for every 12 to 15 colleges.

“Remuneration for question setters is very less and necessary steps will be taken to increase it. Examiners are also getting very less payment and this is one of the reasons for the delay in evaluation. We have decided to bring some reforms for addressing such issues,” Sahoo added.

Although educationists have welcomed the decision on remuneration hike, they stressed on the need for infrastructure development for timely publication of exam results and smooth conduct of the examination.

Even though the State government is taking reformative measures, they are not being implemented whole-heartedly. A few months ago, the examiners faced difficulties while evaluating answer sheets in the aftermath of Cyclone Fani due to lack of electricity at some evaluation centres. Had there been proper infrastructure at evaluation centres, there would have been no issues in the evaluation,” said Kamala Prasad Mohapatra, an educationist.