Jharkhand Academic College (JAC) on Monday extended a helping hand to thousands of students gearing up for matriculation and intermediate examinations starting from February 21 amid brewing tension over the ongoing strike by degree college employees who have threatened to disrupt the tests.
To begin with, JAC will upload admit cards on its website (jac.nic.in) on Tuesday. Students will be able to download the exam permits in case colleges and schools are unable to provide them in the wake of the protests.
“Though admit cards have already been sent to respective institutions, the fresh move has been taken keeping in mind the ongoing strike,” said a JAC official.
JAC chairman Anand Bhushan explained the process of downloading. “One needs to log on to jac.nic.in and click on the ‘download admit card’ tab on the bottom of the webpage. The admit cards can be downloaded after 2pm on Tuesday,” he said.
In addition to this online privilege, JAC has also launched an examinee helpline. Students having difficulty in downloading admit cards can call at 0651-6453344 for assistance.
In another development, JAC is introducing stitched answer sheets for intermediate science students this time. “Earlier, answer sheets used to be stapled and could easily be forged. The stitched ones will prevent any kind of exam fraud,” Bhushan said.
This year, 4,80,689 students are appearing for their matriculation from across the state, while 2,99,329 candidates will take the intermediate exams. Matric will end on March 7 and intermediate on March 13.
Organised under the banner of Sambadh Degree Mahavidyalaya Mahasangh of Jharkhand, 4,000 teaching and non-teaching employees of 55 affiliated colleges went on an indefinite hunger strike a fortnight ago to seek constituent status and financial aid.
To compound problems, several unaided higher secondary government schools also launched a stir a week ago to demand monetary help.