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The Economic Times | By Bharath Joshi, ET Bureau | 3 February, 2016 |

BENGALURU: Some of the city’s top engineering and technology institutes have switched over to computer-based exams to align themselves and students with industry practices. The latest to join this trend is PES University , where internal assessment examinations for first and third semester students were, for the first time, administered over computers through their intranet. With these computer-based tests, PES hopes to use data on students’ performance in the internal exams and compare them with how they perform in the end-semester examinations. “We want more Tier-1 and Tier-2 companies to recruit from our campus and they are looking for students with application-based knowledge. That can happen only with objective-type tests,” PES University Pro Chancellor D Jawahar said. These computer-based tests are designed to prod students to focus on application-based learning. “If 75% of a class gets a one-mark question wrong, then the weightage of that question will go up. As they progress through semesters, we can analyse data and know who the top performers are,” he said.

CMR Institute of Technology (CMRIT) adopted computer-based testing last year. “Many IT services firms use computer-based tests to filter out students during recruitment. We have a portal that is acces sible for third and fourth year students to practice quantitative and verbal exercises. This can help students align their efforts,” CMRIT principal Sanjay Chitnis said. That engineering graduates lack skills is an oft-repeated concern. A recent study by job skills platform Aspiring Minds found 80% of Indian engineering graduates in 2015 unemployable. “Most universities are told by in dustry that they need have some basics in place, and computer-based testing is a part of this,” said Shekhar Sanyal, country head, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, a UK-headquartered professional body .  The RV College of Engineering on Mysuru Road is developing its own software to administer computerbased testing for internal assessment, principal KN Subramanya said. “It can save time and paper.Also, because many international exams such as GRE, TOEFL and GMAT are online, this would help students.” In September 2014, Mount Carmel College replaced answer sheets with digital pads for a two-hour internal exam for final year business management students.  The college is yet to take a call on making this a regular feature.- Courtesy


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