The University of Kerala has made significant strides in transmitting question papers to examination centres online. Besides ensuring a foolproof examination mechanism, the system has done away with the conventional practice of transporting question papers to faraway places. This has also helped in bringing down operational costs.
Three years after the introduction of the online system for a handful of courses having comparatively lower intake, the university has now successfully extended the system for all postgraduate (PG) programmes offered by 84 affiliated colleges. All of the 40-odd study departments of the university on its Karyavattom campus had come under the ambit of the mechanism a few years ago. Barring a few teething issues, the implementation of the online transmission system at the PG level has been largely hassle-free. While the mechanism entailed access being granted half-an-hour prior to the examination, the system has been temporarily relaxed with the Principals or chief superintendent being provided with an additional half-an-hour to download the question papers.
Measures have also been put in place to ensure a secure online system. “The mechanism is position sensitive with access being granted to only predetermined Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, each having specific login credentials, for a certain period of time. Besides, the time of access will be recorded and can be recorded at the university’s centralised facility,” said Dr Madhukumar. He had overseen the transition to the online system.
Syndicate standing committee on examinations chairman P. Rajesh Kumar pointed out that the mechanism would serve to prevent the wrong opening of question papers, an issue that had disrupted numerous examinations and had led to colleges incurring fines. He added that efforts were afoot to extend the system to other programmes, including B.Ed., MBA and LLB, before bringing undergraduate programmes under its ambit. Steps were also adopted to address infrastructural inadequacies in certain institutions to implement the system seamlessly. The university’s technical team had visited around 60 affiliated colleges for troubleshooting and offering technical support.
Providing a glimpse of future reforms, the University of Kerala has been facilitating online examinations for the fourth semester B.Ed. subjects on behalf of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) since 2017. The university was the first in the State to introduce the facility, Dr Madhukumar said.