May 24, 2007, 12:00 am
BHUBANESWAR: This year, your cell phone is not going to help you know your wards’ high school certificate (HSC) results. For, there will be none on that space.
A cautious Board of Secondary Education (BSE), wary of leakages, has decided not to part with the results to any private party. This means, the results would be confined to just two virtual spaces - BSE’s official website and the one hosted by National Informatics Centre (NIC), official sources said.
The annual HSC results are scheduled to be announced on May 29 at 9 a m. This will be followed by the booklets at its Cuttack head office and the six zonal offices besides being circulated to the schools in due course.
In previous years, the Board had allowed private parties to make the results available online once it was officially announced. The cellular phone service was a big draw for the students.
However, last year’s experience has prompted the State Government not to use their space any more. “In 2006, a day before HSC results were out, the names of toppers became public. In Cuttack, even sweets were distributed,” sources in the Board said.
That prompted the State Government to tighten its belt. The BSE has now been instructed to prevent all the possibilities of a result leakage. Since using service of private parties meant handover of the data at least a day before the formal announcement of the results, there was a possibility of it getting leaked.
With the Government getting tough, BSE has decided to plug the holes and not allow any private agency.
Contacted, BSE Secretary Minaketan Pani confirmed that private parties would not be made part of the result announcement process. “NIC, a Central undertaking, is capable of handling 10 lakh hits at a time. Besides, there will be BSE’s own website too. Getting results will not be a problem for the students,” he said.
This year, 4.13 lakh students appeared for the HSC examination and the BSE’s decision to announce the results in record time has landed it in a spot. It’s now running against time as the result booklets have not been printed yet.
Since the lap of evaluation - score of the toppers - will be over only on May 25, the Board has two days to print 11,000 copies of the result booklets and despatch the same to the zones across the State by May 28.