Berhampur, Feb 16 (LocalWire):The Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha, responsible for conducting the annual High School Certificate (HSC) examinations in Odisha has set up nodal centres in at least seven police stations to keep the question papers and answer-sheets and ensure safe exams in the Maoist-infested Kandhamal district.
“Seven out of 10 nodal centres in the Kandhamal district have been set up at different police stations,” said Subash Behera, the Deputy Director, BSE’s Berhampur Zonal Office.
The police stations identified as nodal centres include Belaghara, Chakapada, Daringibadi, Gochhapada, Kotaghar, Tumudibandh and Bramhanigaon. Last year, the BSE had set up six nodal centres in the police stations.
“The question papers are being dispatched to the examination centres with the help of the police escorts. Similarly, the answer papers will also be brought to the nodal centres within tight security,” Behera said.
As per the sources, the BSE has taken these safety measures following the alleged looting of question papers from a nodal centre in Puri district in 2012. However, there has been no instance of looting in the last few years in the Maoist-infested areas.
Forces would be deployed at the nodal centres to guard the question and answer papers, the Police said.
In Kandhamal district, 10,466 students from 204 schools will appear in the examination at 58 examination centres.
“The BSE has set up 16, 4 and 3 nodal centres in Ganjam, Gajapati and Boudh districts respectively,” BSE’s Deputy Secretary said.
Meanwhile, Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kualange has instructed the tehsildars across the district to visit the examination centres during the examination period to ensure smooth conducting of the examination.
Edited by Meenal Singh