The eighth regional office of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to be inaugurated in the Orissa capital on Thursday will benefit schools of three eastern states affiliated to the board, an official said on Wednesday.
The centre, to be be inaugurated by Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, will initially function from a rented building, the regional office in charge, Piyush Sharma, told IANS.
The official said the centre will be shifted to a permanent building though the site was yet to be finalised.
The Bhubaneswar centre will benefit at least 120,000 students of about 650 schools in three states - Chhattisgarh, Orissa and West Bengal, Sharma said.
"With its office in Bhubaneswar, the CBSE will be able to keep a close eye on the schools in these states and thus improving the standard of education in these states," he said.
"It is a great relief for all of us," said KC Satpathy, principal of DAV Public School in Bhubaneswar, adding they had to travel all the way to the Allahabad centre even for "small works".
"Now we are happy that we will get it done in Bhubaneswar," he said.
As the board examinations will be conducted by the Bhubaneswar centre, the school principal said, it would help them a lot to sort out technical difficulties and errors quickly.