Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: Union MoS, MSME, Pratap Sarangi has urged Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to clear the air on the future course of action for the students in the State and suggested that all the State governments including Odisha should adopt a country-wide uniform schedule for the exams and publication of their results in the larger interest of students.

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In a letter dated 20th April 2020, Sarangi stated that, amid outbreak of Coronavirus in the country as the entire nation is under a lockdown, the examination schedule and publication of results of Matriculation, Higher Secondary and Graduate examinations have been disrupted.

Sarangi said, “Matriculation examination in Odisha has been over, but papers have not been evaluated, similarly other examinations in our colleges/universities have not begun as yet. All these have cascading effect on the state level and All India level entrance examinations for professional courses.”

“The students and their parents are anxious to know about the course of action being contemplated by the Government regarding their unfinished examinations/evaluation which will determine their future,” added Sarangi.

Moreover, students are apprehensive about the online studies too. Following the lockdown and in a bid to maintain social distancing, the Union government and the State government have barred the students to attend physical classes in their schools and colleges. The government is rather pushing for online methods of studying.

Sarangi further called out the State government to come up with a clear picture of the future course of action regarding the examinations and online studies for the greater benefit of all the students of Odisha.

He said that a universal schedule for all students across the country is not only easy for the students to focus on the competitive entrance examinations but for the authorities as well.

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“I further request that a uniform schedule may be adopted across the States in consultation with the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India so that the students of our State avail the same opportunities for study in the country as much as the students of other states, urged Sarangi”