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The process of evaluation of answersheets of engineering and pharmacy exams of the University of Pune will be the first to go online as part of the exam department's automation project. The project was cleared in principle by the varsity's management council on Friday, 20th July, 2012. Vice-chancellor W.N.Gade said that a technical committee will now weigh the project and recommend cost for the same. "The idea is to have an end-to-end online process in place, right from the stage of submission of exam forms to evaluation and declaration of results. Even question papers will be sent to exam centres online, a few moments before the commencement of exam, to check against instances of paper leak. We plan to start the online evaluation initiative with the engineering and pharmacy faculties where all answer sheets will be scanned and evaluated in a step-by-step online process, which will be difficult to tamper with," he said.
The project will require the university to set up adequate infrastructure including equipment for digitization and scanning at varsity centres and colleges. Gade said, "The engineering and pharmacy together account for 1.25 lakh students and securing an end-to-end automation product involves cost of Rs 3 crore. This is less than the cost presently incurred by the university for conducting the exam of these two faculties. At least five to six leading software companies have offered their services in developing the necessary software process and content for automation of the exam department. These companies have made their presentations on how the system will work." After the technical committee's report, the management council will secure all financial approvals for the project and the same will go for execution. "We expect all this to happen in the next three months provided there are no hitches," he added.
Courtesy: Times of India
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