Measures taken for smooth conduct of annual Plus Two, HSC exams: Minister

Bhubaneswar: School and Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra today said all measures have been taken for smooth conduct of annual Plus Two and High School Certificate (HSC) Examinations in Odisha beginning from March 10 and February 28 respectively.

Briefing media persons after a video conferencing with the district collectors and SPs at the State Secretariat here, Mishra said this year, a total of 3,80,707 Regular and Ex-Regular students of 1504 government and private junior colleges will appear in the annual Plus Two examinations in 1106 centres in Odisha which will begin from March 6 and continue till March 28.

For smooth conduct of the examinations, a total of 202 Educational Management Hubs have been set up in 30 districts, he added.

The minister said prior to the videoconferencing today, a video conferencing with the district collectors and SPs was held on February 4 in the presence of the chief secretary, secretaries of Higher Education and School and Mass Education.

“Today, another video conferencing with the district collectors and SPs was held in the presence of the Development Commissioner, secretaries of Higher Education and School and Mass Education, Higher Education minister Pradip Panigrahi, senior officials of Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) and Board of Secondary Education (BSE). It was revealed that the district collectors have one round meeting with the Educational Management Hubs and the principals of government and private junior colleges,” the minister added.

He said it was decided that the steps taken in last year regarding conducting examinations in sensitive and vulnerable centres will be put in place this year. “Special emphasis is given on safe despatch of question and answer papers from the hubs. Besides, discussions on proper functioning of the Central and zonal squads during the examinations with the collectors and SPs were also held. The collectors and SPs were allowed to deploy additional police force at the sensitive examination centres. Besides instructions were given to them to work as per the guidelines of the state government,” Mishra added.

He said it has been decided that the Plus Two question papers would be sent to 202 examination hubs on February 25 while HSC question papers would be sent to all 295 nodal centres on February 20.

The question papers would reach the examination centres half an hour before the commencement of the examinations.

A total of 6,05,105 students will appear in the annual HSC examinations which will be concluded on March 10.