The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education officials refused to extend the deadline for colleges across nine divisions to submit forms online, even as colleges requested for a second extension of dates. The board had already extended the dates earlier this month, by one week. The last date for submitting students’ forms online to appear for the Higher Secondary Examinations (HSC) was December 18.
In an attempt to go paperless, the Maharashtra State Board office had asked colleges all over the state to submit the application forms of candidates wanting to appear for the HSC in February 2014 online instead of doing so manually like previous years. The board tried the online form submission system on a pilot basis during the October 2013 HSC exams, but barely a few thousand candidates appeared for the examinations. This time, the number of candidates from the Mumbai division alone is 3,13,000 and the number of candidates from across all nine divisions of Maharashtra is approximately 13,11,000 .
Laxmikant Pande, divisional chairman of Mumbai said, “The number is likely to increase with private candidates, who are known to come in a little late to submit their forms. However, there is no extension in the dates as earlier, the date for submitting the online form was December 6 for regular candidates and December 12 for those submitting with late fees. However, on request, we did extend the date to December 18 but colleges still expect an extension, which is difficult to give. The most we can do now is to allow those who have already paid the fees but couldn’t upload the form to submit it by giving us the forms on a CD with a letter stating that such a thing will not happen again.”
Now that the forms have been received, the board plans to send a checklist to the colleges so that mistakes that may have entered while filling in the form online can be corrected by them.
HSC 2014 exam figures
>> 3, 13,000 candidates have submitted forms online from Mumbai alone
>> Approximately 13, 11, 000 candidates from all over Maharashtra have submitted their forms online.
>> Last date to submit HSC forms online was Dec 18
>> The Maharashtra state board comprises nine divisions -- Aurangabad, Pune, Mumbai, Nashik, Amravati, Latur, Kolhapur, Konkan and Nagpur.