Muzaffarpur: Bihar government on Thursday termed as "misleading and concocted" media reports about a circular making it mandatory for students appearing in annual exams in the state-run schools to mention their caste category in their answer sheets.
"We have asked the students for specifying the social category such as General, SC, ST, EBCs in their papers and the report about mentioning their castes in the answer sheets is
misleading and concocted because of lack of knowledge", Bihar Education Project (BEP) Director Rajesh Bhushan told a news agency in Patna.
There is nothing controversial in the circular, he said.
The circular, issued by BEP officials in Muzaffarpur district, said it would be useful to tabulate the percentage of students belonging to a particular social category for an
The circular was issued by BEP Programme coordinator-cum-District Education Superintendent Arun Kumar and Primary Informal Education Coordinator Shankar Kumar through letter no. BEP/247 dated March 11, 2010 for students from class 1 to 8 appearing for their annual examinations in state-run primary and high schools.
"This practice is going on since 2001," Bhushan