Collectors asked to prepare contingency plan to conduct +2 exams

Bhubaneswar: With the annual Plus Two examinations in Odisha scheduled to begin on March 2, the state government, keeping the ongoing agitation of the non-government college lecturers in view, has directed the district collectors to keep the administration ready with the contingency plan to ensure smooth conduct of the examinations.

In a letter to the district collectors, the Higher Education secretary has asked the district collectors to prepare contingency plan as the agitating lecturers have threatened to boycott the examinations.

To ensure safe custody of question papers, the collectors have been asked to assign the officials in the rank of additional tehsildar and additional Block Development Officer (BDO) to remain in charge of the examination hubs. Besides, the officials have been asked to appoint centre superintendent, invigilator and reliever if the lecturers do not join examination duty.

“The district administration, the local tehsildar and Block Development Officer (BDO) have prepared the contingency plan while these officials have been assisted by the district level consultant (DLC). All of them would take up the plan,” Biranchi Nayaran Mishra , Controller, Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), told OTV today.

For safe custody of question papers, the Council has set up 203 examination management hubs in the state. A total of 24 CCTV cameras have been installed in these hubs with 24-hour security.

On the other hand, the Block Grant Lecturers and Employees Coordination Committee of 488 Category Aided Colleges has decided to boycott the examinations. As decided by the Committee, it would organise a convention in the capital city on Monday.

Talking to media persons here, president of the Committee, Pabitra Mahala said the state government, in the name of ministerial meeting, has always given false assurance to fulfil the demands of all block grant categories of college associations.

“We know why the government took ten days for the second ministerial meeting. In various phases, the Higher Education secretary and the concerned officials have tried their best to spoil our agitation. Instead of having meeting with us, they have their decisions known to us through letters. In protest against their apathetic attitude, we have intensified our agitation. We have remained united and are not scared of their warning. We have always cooperated with the government to look into our demands which are legal and justified,” he added.

Asked about the alternative steps the government will take on this issue, Higher Education minister Pradip Panigrahi said if the teachers will try to play with the future of the students, the government would be forced to take action against them.

“I believe that in a democratic setup, all problems are solved through deliberations,” he pointed out.

A total of 3,73,000 students will appear in the examinations at 1098 centres. As per the schedule, the observers will arrive at the examination centres with police protection while the question papers would be opened in the presence of a representative of the district administration and the observer.