Government renders BOPEE incapacitated

Year On, Board Functioning Without Secretary, Controller


Srinagar, July 4: The Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) which has invited public outrage for the recent “inexcusable” goof-up in the Common Entrance Test (CET) is functioning without some key positions for the past more than one year.
Besides, the Body which conducts entrance examinations for admission to various undergraduate and postgraduate professional programs in Jammu and Kashmir does not have members on the Board though it is laid down in the BOPEE Act. Sources said the Board does not have a full-fledged Secretary since January 9, 2011.
“It (Secretary) is the key position and deals with all the administrative matters and takes up the issues confronting the Board with the government,” sources said.
They said the post continues to be manned by other officials in the Board as additional charge. Presently the position is being held by the Senior Law Officer. The Controller Examinations is another key post lying vacant in the Board since March 2012.
The Controller along with the Chairman handles the critical functions including conduct of the examinations, preparation of examination papers and counseling to the students.
“He (Controller) is the guardian of all the confidential matters and in his absence there is huge burden on Chairman,” sources said.
An official said authorities at BOPEE took up the matter with the government on number of occasions in the past.
He said the Government had ordered Head and Dean Law Department Kashmir University Prof Farooq Ahmad Mir to join as Controller BOPEE some two weeks ago.
“I will be taking the new assignment on coming Saturday,” Prof Mir told Greater Kashmir.
The Secretary ARI and Trainings, which is the administrative department for the BOPEE said the Secretary position in the Board would be filled permanently in coming days.
Besides the BOPEE Act calls for constitution of the Board with chairman and other members Government may appoint/nominate from time to time.
But the Government has not appointed any member till date putting extra burden on the already staff crunched body.
Last week BOPEE put thousands of aspirants for this year’s CET to distress when it leaked Biology papers on few centers during examination for Chemistry paper here.
Feeling nervous Board in a hush-hush manner cancelled examination for chemistry paper and postponed the biology paper, inviting further criticism from aspirants and their parents.
More than 15,000 candidates are appearing in the CET this year.
Later in a damage control exercise Chairman BOPEE R D Sharma told media that they have ordered an internal probe to ascertain the circumstances under which the papers were messed up.
However, he termed the blunder on part of the BOPEE as “human error”.
Repeated attempts to reach out to him for his comments on vacant position failed as he did not respond to calls.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 5 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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