The J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) is grappling with severe shortage of infrastructure and manpower, the 2015 annual report of the examination conducting body reveals.
Outlining concerns and problems of the body, the report, which was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, points out that BOPEE is still functioning from rented buildings at both Srinagar and Jammu. "The Board is still faced with the problem of lack of required physical infrastructure although the issue of construction of its own buildings at Srinagar and Jammu is being pursued with ARI & Trainings department," the report reads.
The report was tabled by the Minister-in-Charge for ARI & Trainings, Sajjad Gani Lone, in the House. ARI is the administrative department of BOPEE.
Identifying other grey areas in BOPEE, the report reveals that the body is facing shortage of permanent staff of the desired level while pointing out that Government is sitting on the proposal of manpower creation for it.
"The proposal of creation of staff for BOPEE including IT section has been submitted to the Government and is being pursued vigorously but till date actual creation has not taken place," it states.
Highlighting its achievements during the previous year, the report states that all examinations and counseling was done in accordance with J&K BOPEE Rules 2014.
The report also states that BOPEE has come up with its own Regulations as mandated under section 24 of the J&K BOPEE Act.
It also states that BOPEE has installed jammers during examinations conducted last year in a bid to prevent misuse of technology by candidates appearing in the tests.
Before 1987, selections for medical and engineering courses in the State were made by a designated Government Department in the Civil Secretariat. However, in 1987, the Government constituted a full–time examining body, Competent Authority Entrance Examinations, for conducting examinations for admission to professional courses in the State.
In the year 2002, The Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Examinations Act was passed by the State Legislature paving way for the constitution of the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations.