Orissa board announces revised matric topper list; topper Bimal slipped to second
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Cuttack(Orissa) : Faced with a series of controversy over the top ten list of Matriculation examination-2008, the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) had no other way than to cancel it and put a new top hundred list in its place.

The top hundred lists which were announced on Wednesday had surprises in store for topper Bimal Prasad Panda of Saraswati Sishu-Vidya Mandir, Berhampur announced earlier.

He was pushed down to second position by Pragyan Paramita Pradhan of Saraswati Sishu-Vidya Mandir, Unit-8, Bhubaneswar who was declared topper on Wednesday securing 768 number in the revised list.

Bimal Prasad Panda is not the lone second position holder as he shares it with earlier second position holder Sonali Acharjya of Saraswati Sishu Mandir, Tulsipur, Cuttack along with Madhusmita Sahu and Girija Shankar Pati by jointly securing 761 numbers.

Similarly Bijan Sarangi with 760 numbers has been placed in third and Dibya Prassana Tripathy, who secured 759 numbers has stood at fourth position.

While Omkar Mishra with 758 numbers secured fifth in the roll of honor, Kumar Biswaranjan shares the sixth place with Sonali Acharjya with 757 numbers in the list.

All the earlier declared top-ten holders during declaration of results of matriculation examinations find their place in between top fourteen in the revised list.

This year after a series of soul searching, the Board authorities had to go for declaring top hundred names for the roll of honours revising the earlier declared top ten list.

Similarly the general council of Board will converge in a meeting on 24th August to decide for holding the examination from next session of-2009 with full marks of 600 instead of full marks of 800.

The proposal of the meeting will be sent for the approval of the government. It will be implemented after it receives the assent of the government.

It may be recalled, that in the education committee meeting of the Board held on 4th of this month, a proposal was mooted to conduct matriculation examination with 600 full marks instead of regular full marks of 800.

Many members advocated withdrawing two optional subjects and Practical subjects from the examination curriculum.

As this proposal needs the government assent for its effective implementation no final decision has been taken by the Board authorities yet.

Since the news of revoking of two optional subjects and practical subjects came out in media many schools have stopped teaching in these subjects.

Since no information has come from the Board authorities many headmasters of state are counting the days in anxiety.

The Board will take a decision on 24th August and send it for the government assent. After the final assent of the government we will let know about it to all the schools said, Nihar Mohapatra, Secretary of the Board.



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