Lack of communication between the Board of Secondary Education offices in Bhopal and Indore has led to an error in online application for scholarships, leaving several aspirants from SC, ST and OBC categories in a fix.
Several students from Indore who cleared their state board Class 10 and Class 12 before 2002 are facing problems in filling online scholarship forms as they need to submit mandatory nine-digit roll number, which they don’t have.
They had appeared in the high school or higher secondary school exam before 2002, when there was eight-digit roll number system.
Dhiraj Shamra, who he cleared his class 12th board exam in 2002 and is now doing law, told Hindustan Times that when he logs into the education department’s website to fill their scholarship forms, it asks him to submit forms with the eight-digit roll number.
“The board office in Indore told us to contact the Bhopal office, saying that they did not have with them manual information of students who appeared in the board exam before 2003 as they have dispatched data to Bhopal,” Sharma said.
“But, information of all the students who appeared in the board exam after 2003 is available online,” he said.
Sharma said several of his classmates and students from four colleges in the city were facing the similar problem.
The students also claimed they failed to get any response from the Bhopal office as well.
Nirmal Bhuria, Indore divisional officer and the officer responsible for disbursement of scholarships said he was yet to get any complaint from the students.
The officer admitted that before 2003 all the records and information of students were available manually, but everything went online after that.
This problem could be rectified only at Bhopal as the state board office is responsible for issuing roll numbers, he said.
“If I get any written complaint from the student, we will forward it to the Bhopal office,” Bhuria said.