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Power cuts to add to students' woes

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Staff crunch hits Inter Board The annual Intermediate theory examinations will start from Wednesday and with nearly 20 lakh students will be taking ...

Staff crunch hits Inter Board p1The annual Intermediate theory examinations will start from Wednesday and with nearly 20 lakh students will be taking the exams that will end on March 19th. The timing was changed from 8am last year to 9 am this year as it was thought rural students cannot reach the exam hall if it is started at 8am. Students are advised to reach their respective centres by 8: 45 am and no student will be allowed to write if he or she is reaches after 9:15 am, Ramshankar Naik, Secretary to Intermediate Board said. A total of 2633 exam centres are set up out of which 864 are govt colleges. 190 aided and 1579 private institutions. Nearly a lakh invigilators will supervise the exams, according to Rajeswar Tiwary, Principal Secretary to Government. They are mainly drawn from government and aided colleges. Since services of no private college staff are going to be taken, government finds it difficult to man the centres with the existing government staff. Officials said some school teachers, degree college lecturers will also be deputed wherever there is staff crunch. District examination committees as well as a High Power Committee have been constituted to take necessary on the spot decisions. Collectors, JCs, DEOs, SPs and DROs will have to ensure the smooth conduct of exams, he said. A total of 94 flying squads along with 165 sitting squads will go to all the centres on all days suddenly to find out any irregularity. But the increasing power cuts are sure to add to the tension of the candidates, officials admitted. 'We requested the electricity department to provide power during the exam time without interruption' Tiwary said. But students will have to face a tough time as the power cuts in districts have been going on without any specific timings and duration. In several districts, especially in villages, power will be off during night time, it was reported.
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Another problem would be availability of RTC buses to ferry the students to the centres. On the specific request made by the Board, RTC, officially, "provides special buses". But the fact is that there would be no special buses and no centre-bound buses would be provided, Only a sticker to be attached to the route buses saying that they are "For Inter students", remarked an official, on condition of anonymity. Officials strongly advised students not to bring any electronic gadgets like mobiles, calculators or high-end wrist watches, "criminal action would be taken on the students who will be found using such gadgets and they will be debarred if they resort to copying, malpractice and impersonation. It is equally applicable to invigilators. If any invigilator is found helping malpractices, he will have to face charges" Rajeswar Tiwary made it clear. Every student will be given a 24-page stitched answer sheet book and will not be given additional sheets. Students have to verify the correctness of OMR Bar Coded sheet regarding name, subject etc.
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