HSC Board of Trustees Sends Notice After Jr College Changes Exam Center on Its Own


PUNE After coming across class 12 students sitting for an exam at a junior college on Tilak road, writing answer sheets in a private coaching class in the camp area of Pune, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Education (MSBSHSE) has served notice on the junior college. In addition, MSBSHSE officials visited the campus of the college in question.

The incident came to light after Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) complained about the issue to MSBSHSE officials. According to the MSBSHSE, Rao Junior College on Tilak Road had 51 students appearing for the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) or Class 12 examination for this academic year. While the exam center officially mentioned on the hall ticket was Rao Junior College on Tilak Road, these students actually showed up for the exam at another private classroom location in the camp area at the bazaar of Solapur. Tilak Road Junior College had been officially appointed to hold the HSC Board Examinations, but for a few days it had been run by a class of coaches for private competitions.

Sharad Gosavi, State Director of MSBSHSE said, “After the incident was discovered, our Pune Division officials visited the junior college and served notice, asking for an explanation. Without taking any permission from the council authorities, this junior college directly changed the council examination center, which is a serious matter. Even the council’s first practice exams were conducted in other private classroom premises and when some students raised the issue, it came to light.

This year, the council had announced that the same schools or colleges where the students studied will be their respective exam centers in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. There are about 9,613 examination centers in Maharashtra this year.

“Our main concern is for these 51 students at this junior college as they should not be disturbed between their current exams. Yet three of the papers remain which are elective papers – Computer Science, Information Technology and Geography. Now , these students will take the exam at their main center i.e. Gopal high school and Sadashiv peth junior college Once we get a response from the college, an investigation will be conducted on the whole issue and action will be taken accordingly,” Gosavi said.The HSC exam started this year on March 4 and will run until the first week of April.

According to council officials, Rao Junior College was not supposed to admit students in Class 11, but it went ahead anyway.

“We learned of some of the technical issues regarding this college as it was not authorized to accept admissions for Class 11 in the 2021-22 academic year. But it has continued to accept admissions and enroll class 12 students for council exams which will be reviewed. If he needs help or change in the premises of his college and his examination centers, he must make the request and obtain the authorization of the competent authorities. We are ready to provide all necessary help to the college,” Gosavi said.

Prashant Kanojia, Pune District Chairman of MNVS said, “When we learned about the issue as some students were complaining to us, we immediately discussed it with the state council officials. There is a big question about the cases of cheating and whether or not Covid protocols were followed in the private classroom premises. Our demand is therefore to take strict action against those responsible.

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Exams

Offline Exam Dates – March 4 to April 7

Practical, defense and internal evaluation – February 14 to March 3

Number of students across Maharashtra – 1,472,562

Total number of subjects – 158

Scientific stream- 4

Other streams – 6

Questionnaire numbers – 356

Exam Centers – over 9,000

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