The Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) may prepone the board exams for Class 10 and 12 in 2016, in view of the Simhasth Kumbh fair, an official said on Sunday.
The board exams which usually start in the first week of March every year may begin in the last week of February and conclude by mid-March, said board public relation officer SK Chourasia.
“In view of Simhasth scheduled to be held in 2016, the board may start the exams a bit early. As the Simhasth fair is a big event for state and a large number of devotees are expected to participate in it, the board exams for high school and high secondary may get affected,” he said.
“The changed schedule of the board exams is expected to be released after Diwali.”
According to official sources, the school education department has set early deadlines for the procedures of conducting the board exams.
Meanwhile, Ujjain collector Kavindra has written a letter to the state additional chief secretary, requesting him to conduct the board exams in February-March.
In his letter, Kiyawat has said that school and college buildings would be taken over to accommodate staff deployed for arrangements of the fair.
The Simhasth Kumbh Mahaprav -- popularly known as the Kumbh Mela-- is held once every 12 years at four cities, which include Ujjian, Nasik, Haridwar and Allahabad.
The month-long fair will be held in Ujjain from April 22 to May 21, 2016, where millions of devotees are expected to take a holy dip in the Shipra River.
During the last Simhasth held in 2004, more than 3 crore devotees participated in the event. This time, the state government is expecting an influx of more than 5 crore devotees.
More than 50,000 government employees are also expected to be deployed for the event.