CBSE starts counselling for board exams

January 31st, 2012 - 9:30 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) In an attempt to address anxieties of students and parents, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will start from Wednesday the first phase of counselling for those appearing for board examinations this year.

Students can dial the toll-free number 1800-180-3456 between 8 a.m. to midnight from Feb 1 to April 16, 2012, said a CBSE official.

“The CBSE counselling is an outreach programme which is carefully designed keeping the heterogeneity of student population and geographical spread,” she said.

Multiple modes of communication such as telephonic counselling, question answer columns in newspapers and online counselling through CBSE website is being used to reach out to more and more examinees.

“This year, approximately 67 experts, including principals, trained counsellors from CBSE affiliated government and private schools and few psychologists are participating in tele-counselling,” she said.

For the first time, counsellors from Kendriya Vidyalyas, Jammu and Kashmir and Kolkata are participating in the initiative.

Besides, about 11 counsellors from outside India, including from Japan, Kuwait, Qatar, Nepal and Saudi Arabia, are participating in the program.

In 2010, CBSE introduced a Centralised Access System (CAS) similar to that of a call centre, where students could dial the number 1800-180-3456.

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