The Election Commission of India on Monday gave its nod to Uttar Pradesh’s secondary education department for the date. Additional chief electoral officer Anil Garg told TOI, “The proposal which came to the ECI requested that commencement of UP board examinations from March 16 be allowed. ECI has given its consent to this.”
This also means that commencement of the academic session 2017-18 for schools affiliated to UP’s Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad will be derailed. After the announcement of election dates by ECI on January 4, secondary education officials had sent a tentative exam schedule to UP’s chief electoral officer. The country’s biggest board had expressed its desire to begin the exams from March 16.