Bihar Board wants students to enter exam centre without shoes, socks

BSEB Matric, Inter exams: To check malpractice, the Bihar Board has adopted some stringent measures including a ban on footwear inside exam centres. Despite the winter chill, the students will have to remove their socks, shoes when they sit for Class 12 examinations which begin from February. 
Speaking to, Rajeev Dwivedi, PRO, BSEB said, “To prevent cheating in the examinations, the board has formed a special team of invigilators. So for every 25 candidates, one invigilator has been assigned. The students are restricted to enter the examination centre with shoes and socks.” 
“To make sure that the students entering the examination centre are not carrying any cheats, gadgets, electronic devices, there will be two steps of checking. At first, the students will be examined thoroughly by the centre staff and then by the invigilator assigned by the board. The invigilator will be held responsible if the students are found with such things further,” PRO, BSEB said. 
The Bihar Board Inter (Class 12) examinations will begin from February 6, while Matric (Class 10) examinations will be conducted from February 21 to 28, 2019. 
This year, the board has prepared 10 sets of question papers, and the students will get question papers of different sets varies from (A to J). “As the question papers were tuned to 50 per cent objective from last year, the board has decided to give various sets to prevent cheating inside the exam centre and also to prevent the paper leak.”

Bihar Board Inter exams: Class 12 date sheet

February 6, 2019: Biology, RB Hindi (Vocational Course), Philosophy (Arts), Entrepreneurship (Commerce)
February 7, 2019: Language Subjects (Arts), Computer Science (all streams), Multi Media (all streams), Foundation Course (Vocational Course)
February 8, 2019: Physics, Yoga/ Physical Education (Arts), History (Arts), English (Vocational Course)
February 9, 2019: NRB and MB (Arts), Accountancy (Commerce), Vocational Trade I
February 11, 2019: Chemistry, Political Science (Arts), Vocational Trade II
February 12, 2019: Agriculture, Music (Arts), Business Studies (Commerce), Geography (Arts)
February 13, 2019: Language Subjects (except Arts), Psychology (Arts), Vocational Trade III
February 14, 2019: NRB and MB (except Arts), Sociology (Arts), Related Subjects (Vocational Course)
February 15, 2019: Mathematics (Science, Arts), Economics (Arts)
February 16, 2019: Home Science (Arts), Economics (Commerce) 
The students will only be allowed to enter the examination centres 10 minutes before the examinations, as per the official. “There will be CCTV surveillance in every examination centres, and the videography will be done in examination centres which are sensitive. The directions have been given to all the district officials and police stations to book a person according to law who is involved in cheating,” mentioned PRO. 
This year, a record number of 13.15 lakh students will appear for the Intermediate (Class 12) examinations and 16.5 lakh students for Matric (Class 10) examinations.

Bihar Board Matric exams: Class 10 date sheet 
February 21, 2019: English
February 22, 2019: Social Science
February 23, 2019: Science
February 25, 2019: Mathematics
February 26, 2019: Hindi/ Urdu/ Bengali/ Maithili
February 27, 2019: Second Optional Language
February 28, 2019: Elective Subject 
The admit card for both the Class 10, 12 examinations has been circulated to the schools. The students can collect the admit card from the respective schools. The practical examinations for both Class 10, 12 students were conducted last month.


Panel to decide on incentives for PhD students within 2 months
An empowered committee, set up to enhance the fellowship of PhD students, will workout the incentives for research scholars in a month or two, a senior official said Thursday. Department of Science and Technology Secretary Ashutosh Sharma said PhD students are the “backbone” in the progress of a country. 
Apprising about the empowered committee, Sharma said it will have officials from various ministries, who will examine all fellowship related matters that have a bearing on enhancing the value, quality and experience of doctoral research, including the quantum of fellowship. 
“We want to look at the value of PhD in a holistic way. PhD students are the backbone in progress of a country as they strongly contribute to various fields. 
“An empowered committee has been formed to bring all ministries together to periodically visit the quantum of fellowship and incentivise research,” Sharma said, adding that the committee is likely to take a call on the incentivisation of top class research within a month or two. 
He was speaking at a press conference held at the CSIR Science Centre. 
The government had on Wednesday announced hike in fellowships which will directly benefit 60,000 research fellows. 
Sharma said that there was a need to reduce the gap between the quantity of research and its quality. 
“Sometimes quantity of research gets marred by the quality of research which may not be up to the mark. This gap needs to be reduced and quality of research can be improved by improving the incentives for it,” he said. 
“We will consider what and how much incentive is to be given after the full budget comes,” he added. 
According to the statement released by the ministry, there is a substantial 30-35 per cent enhancement in the financial rewards for the scientists involved in the research and development (R&D) projects as research associates and the top bracket of research associateship is fixed at Rs 54,000. 
All the research fellows are also entitled to house rent allowance as per the central government norms. 
Fellowship of the Junior Research Fellows (JRF) in the first two years of the PhD programme has been increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 31,000 per month. Similarly, in the remaining tenure of PhD, a Senior Research Fellow will get Rs 35,000 per month, instead of the current Rs 28,000. This is effective from January 2, the statement had said.