Friday, August 10, 2007

Getting duplicate mark sheet of HS now a click away

Mou Chakraborty
Kolkata, August 10, 2007
THE MONTH-LONG wait for getting duplicate copies of higher secondary marksheets and certificates is over. Now, the West Bengal Council for Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has made it a five-minute affair. Moreover, with the council re-launching its official website on Thursday, students and teachers of Class XI and XII can also avail relevant information at the click of a mouse.
As part of its IT enterprise, the council has initiated the process of digitisation of all certificates and marksheets of all pass-outs since the time HS exams began in 1978. It hopes to complete the job in three weeks’ time.
Once that is done, all one needs to do is to visit the council office, pay necessary fees and walk off with computerised printouts of duplicate documents.
“It is the duty of the council to provide students with duplicate marksheets and certificates as and when required. But to maintain this data we need huge space, which was slowly becoming impossible for us to provide. Moreover, stored data was also getting damaged,” said Gopa Dutta, president of the WBCHSE.
School education minister Partha De, who was present at the launch, said: “We will try to emulate the system at the madhyamik level. However, we need to ensure that no one misuses the facility.”
The council has taken care of the minister’s concern. It has created a back-up data for its archives and made the whole system password protected. “Once a person logs on to the system, the computer will automatically detect the date and time of access. Even the documents that the person had perused can be traced. Tampering will be impossible as the system can identify any change made to documents,” said WBCHSE secretary Debashish Sharkar.
The website has district-wise data of all schools and their addresses along with the subjects they are offering. “This will help students as they will be able to know about schools and the subjects on offer at the click of a mouse,” said Sharkar. One can access the website to know about the council’s exam and admission regulations or its annual working plan. Council circulars will also be uploaded regularly.
“The website was started in 2002 but became defunct. Now, all through the year both schools and students will benefit from the web effort. This data will also help researchers track changes in the state’s education scenario,” Sharkar said.


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