Students, brace for exam changes from next year

Jul 28 2013, 01:03 IST
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SummaryState directive tells universities to implement all recommendations of Rajesh Aggarwal Committee

The government has issued a directive to all 20 universities in the state to implement exam reforms from next year.

Some of the changes include online issuance of hall tickets, setting up of a dedicated question bank, bar-coded answer sheets and digital evaluation of papers.

The bank, to be made available to students, should have “at least 100 times the number of questions required in a paper”.

The state has also asked the universities, where 25 lakh students study, to consider allowing reputed colleges to hold own exams and gradually move towards an open-book exam method.

The circular sent on July 22 includes 40 recommendations made by an 18-member committee headed by IT secretary Rajesh Aggarwal.

The committee, set up in July 2012 after repeated complaints of paper leak, submitted its report in October 2012.

“The chancellor called a meeting of all vice-chancellors in November 2012 to discuss leakage of exam papers. To prevent recurrence of such leaks the state has issued directives to all universities to implement recommendations of Rajesh Aggarwal Committee,” Pramod Kanade, department officer in the state higher and technical education department, said.

The bulk of the 40 recommendations are technical changes and stress the need to use information and communication technology for effective functioning of the examination management system.

The committee has also suggested that question papers should be distributed and delivered with the help of information technology and some courses or examinations should be evaluated online.

“Examinations should also test understanding and application of knowledge. Universities may experiment with open-book and take home exams,” it says.

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