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Diploma Students Denied To Appear Examinations Stage Agitation In Bhubaneswar

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25 April 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: Over 400 Diploma Engineering students staged agitation in front of the State Council for Technical Education & Vocational Training (SCTEVT) office in Bhubaneswar after they were denied to appear their semester examinations.

They alleged that around 34,000 Diploma Engineering students across Odisha have been deprived of appearing in the 5th and 6th semester examinations for shortage of attendance despite a relaxation issued by the SCTEVT last year.

As per the SCTEVT guidelines earlier, a student cannot appear the examination if his attendance is below 75 per cent. Later it was relaxed and all the students were able to appear examinations.

However, after completion of registration for the 5th and 6th semester examinations this year the SCTEVT has again issued a notice barring the students with low attendance to appear the examinations.

The students have questioned the time of issuing the notice as it was done after the form fill-up and a day prior to commencement of general elections. The students fear it will affect their career as with a loss of one year in their studies no company will employ them.

They have also alleged that the reason behind the shortage of attendance is the failure of biometric devices installed in their institutes and even the government is also not updating the devices regularly.

The students demanded that they will be allowed to appear the examination and proper updating of the biometric devices. They have also declared to intensify their agitation if their demands are not met.

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Rasmiranjan Sethi, Diploma Engineering Student

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Biswajit Mallik, Diploma Engineering Student