The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said on Monday that it will extend a helping hand to students of Kerala who have lost their education certificates due to the floods. The organization will supposedly replace the lost certificates with new ones through its digital repository. Right now, it has 1,300 schools affiliated to it.
The digital academic repository called ‘Parinam Manjusha’ will help students retrieve their mark-sheets, migration certificate, and pass certificate. The repository has been integrated with DigiLocker, a government storehouse of documents.
“The CBSE will re-send login-id and password of Parinam Manjusha/DigiLocker pertaining to students of the year 2016-2018 on their mobile numbers provided with Class X or XII data,” CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said in a statement.
2004-2015 students will visit the DigiLocker website and link their Aadhaar to their account and retrieve their documents by entering their names, roll number and year of examination.
“In case any student finds a variation in the document, he/she may contact the CBSE Regional Office in Thiruvananthapuram immediately, giving roll number, name, class and year,” the statement said.
The deadline for submitting school information at Online Affiliated School Information System (OASIS) for affiliated schools in Kerala has also been extended by the board to September 30th, 2018.
In one of the first unprecedented floods in history, fresh onslaught of rain in Kerala since August 8 has led to a death toll of over 300. 80 dams have been opened. A red alert has been issued in all the 14 districts of the state. There have been power cuts and food shortage across the state.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi announced a financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the flood ravaged state of Kerala after chairing a high level meeting with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Minister Alphons KJ and other state ministers for checking rehabilitations measures and assessing the damage. He also announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased.
The President of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan instructed officials to set up a national emergency committee to help flood-hit areas of Kerala, reported news agency ANI.
The author of a report on the conservation of the Western Ghats, Scientist Madhav Gadgil, said on Sunday that the scale of the disaster would have been smaller had the state government and local authorities followed environmental laws. He headed the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel formed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 2010, said at least a part of the problem in Kerala was “man made”.
“Yes, there is an intense rainfall event which has caused this. But I am quite convinced that the last several years’ developments in the state have materially compromised its ability to deal with events like this and greatly increased the magnitude of the suffering that we are seeing today. Had proper steps been taken, the scale of the disaster would have been nowhere near what it is today,” Dr Gadgil told The Indian Express.