The New Indian Express |06th December 2015 |
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The ‘Web-Enabled Examination Management System’ introduced by A P J Abdul Kalam Kerala Technological University (KTU) may have received flak from various quarters. But the students who wrote the examination in the new system have whole-hardheartedly welcomed the reform. The reason: The results of the MBA examination conducted by KTU from November 19 to 30 were published on December 2. It was for the first time in the state that the results of a university examination were published within three days from the last date of examination. “There is a raging debate about the new examination system. But we are happy that the examination results, which normally take months to get published, were out in record time,” says Adarsh S, an MBA student from a KTU-affiliated college. According to the KTU officials, the results could be declared within a few days due to the introduction of the Web-Enabled Exam Management System. The examination reform has made the cumbersome and time-consuming process of valuation of answer scripts a simple, online process.
Involvement of ‘Private Agency
However, the involvement of a ‘private agency’ in the examination process created a huge furore. It was alleged that the entire examination was ‘outsourced’ and that its secrecy would be compromised. However, KTU officials maintained that the voices of dissent stemmed from the lack of proper understanding of how the new system worked. KTU officials says the private agency has been roped in only to provide the software for the examination and also the hardware – computers, printers, scanners, web cams – to be used in the examinatioin centres. At no point of the examination does the agency have any access to the question papers, they say. “In fact, such an examination system is being followed by many leading universities as well as the Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE). Allegations that the entire examination has been outsourced to a private agency is highly misleading,” says KTU Pro Vice-Chancellor M Abdul Rahman. “Competitive examinations such as CAT, CMAT and All-India Medical Entrance also have software outsourced from private agencies. Does that mean that the credibility of all these examinations is dubious?” Rahman asks. Rubbishing corruption allegations, KTU officials say that a panel comprising the Secretaries of Finance and Education Departments had selected the private agency thorough a transparent e-tendering process. KTU had to postpone all engineering examinations under the new system indefinitely in the wake of protests. The university officials are hopeful that they will be able to convince Chief Minster Oommen Chandy about the benefits of the new examination system during a meeting to be held on Monday to discuss ways to resolve the imbroglio. – Courtesy