UP govt bans smart phones for magistrates even

October 19, 2019

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to not allow magistrates supervising the exams to carry smart phones inside the centres this time around. The move has been taken to send the message of zero tolerance to use unfair means during exams and to conducting free and fair exam.

Centre managers, nominated observers besides static and sector magistrates too would not be allowed to take smart mobile phones inside the exam centres. The rules also restrict the candidates to use black/blue ball point pens. They will also not be allowed to bring any kind of study material, calculator, pen drive, log table, watch, pieces of paper and any type of electronic device.

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The application for the UPTET-2019 will get under way from November 1 and end on November 20. The exam is scheduled to be held at centres spread across the state on December 22. Any candidate found possessing these banned items would have their candidature cancelled and get debarred for all future exams. The guidelines further  issued that the state government make clear that only state government-run and government-aided colleges and schools would be made centres for the UPTET-2019.

Only owing under unavoidable circumstances would an unaided school or college be made an exam centre but only after the reason cited for it is verified. Reputed CBSE and CISCE affiliated schools with good reputation can also be made centres, if required. The guidelines also limit the exam centres to be situated in only urban areas so as to ensure adequate security arrangements.

Recently, the UP government also banned the use of mobile phones in colleges and universities in the state. The Directorate of Higher Education issued the circular to ensure a ‘better teaching environment for students across all colleges and universities in the state’.

Source: Hindustan Times

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