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Elaborate security arrangements to 
check unfair means in exams
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, February 6
As many as 59 centres, where examinations for the matric and senior secondary level would be held by the Haryana State Education Board in the district, have been identified as ‘sensitive’ and ‘supersensitive’.

As a result, the Haryana State Education Board has proposed elaborate security arrangements to check the use of unfair means during the annual examinations due from February 16.

Stating this here today, the Secretary of the Board, Mr R.K Gupta, announced several measures to contain the copying menace during the Board examinations.

He said while the use of the latest technology was being made in issuing of admit cards to the examinees, the Board has also brought some changes in the procedure of selecting and deputing the centre superintendents and the supervisors.

He said appointments of officials for examination duty would be made by the Board and no local official would be allowed to shift or change the centre superintendent or invigilators.

He emphasised that the shifting of any official would be done only the Board. He said that the appointment of the invigilation staff had been made through the computer system. Even the seating arrangements of the students had been computerised for the first time in the state, he said.

In order to hold the examinations in an organised manner, the Board has divided the state into 174 sectors, which will be monitored by five control rooms set up at the various district headquarters.

He informed that the headquarter for Faridabad would be at Gurgaon.

It may be recalled that Faridabad was among those districts where the copying menace had been quite acute. As a part of the new strategy, according to Mr Gupta, the examinees would not be provided loose supplementary answer sheets. Instead, the examinees would receive bonded answer sheet, containing 28 and 32 pages for the matric and senior secondary examinations respectively. It was noticed that the candidates smuggled the supplementary sheets outside the centre for having the answers written in an unfair manner.

He said that he had also requested the district authorities to shut down the electrostat and photostat shops located near the centres during the examination period.

Besides, he said, the authorities would be imposing Section 144 around the examination centres and suitable action would be taken against the violators.

Admitting that policemen and the duty staff were also found to have facilitated the use of unfair means at some of the centres, he said special vigil would be kept on such elements and strict action would be taken against them.

The Board officials last year had booked hundreds of students and other persons for indulging in copying.

Even as the authorities have proposed to post policemen at each of the examination centres, its is learnt that shortage of policemen could upset most of the well laid out plan of the Board to check the copying menace effectively. 



Governor puts more thrust on English
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, February 6
The Governor of Haryana, Babu Parmanand, asserted that English has a significant place in the linguistic arena of the world. Being an international language, English has succeeded in establishing a strong rapport between different nations of the world.

In his message sent on the occasion of the two-day national seminar on “Prevailing Scenario of English Language - A Realistic Appraisal”, organised for the first time by the Department of English, Government College Gohana under the aegis of Directorate of Higher Education, Haryana, the Governor also stated that in the field of competitions, this language has added varied skill and efficiency to the competitors. Thus, the teaching of this language needs a special treatment for promoting the interest of the student community in all the educational institutions of the country. He hoped that the seminar would provide a platform to the participants to deliberate on various issues of the teaching of English and its related literature which, he said, would go a long way in finding out some new approaches of teaching of English in rural and semi-urban colleges in the state.

The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Om Parkash Chautala, in his message, stated that Haryana is emerging as a leading state in the country in all matters. In the field of education, his government has framed and implemented a new policy of education keeping in view the requirements of the changing times.

The state, he said, has introduced English from the first standard so that the children belonging to rural and semi-urban areas are not deprived of the employment opportunities because of the lack of proficiency in this language.


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