Delhi University is all set to revolutionise its overburdened examination system by introducing online exams for the first time since its inception. The university will conduct a pilot online exam for 2,400 BSc programme students this year.
The undergraduate annual exam in Environmental Science, a qualifying paper, will be an hour long. It will cover students across 27 colleges in three exam centres.
“We have sent CDs with the online format to all students who will be giving the Environmental Science paper. The test will contain 50 multiple choice questions of one mark each,” said AK Bakshi, Director of DU & Institute of Life Long Learning.
“Once we have successfully conducted the pilot online exam, we will extend the system to encompass other papers and subjects,” Bakshi said. Some engineering colleges are holding entrance exams online. But DU is perhaps the first university to attempt online exam for undergraduate students, he said.
Teachers have welcomed the move.
“It saves us a lot of time and paper work since the papers get checked instantly and automatically,” said Anita Nair, Assistant Professor, Zoology at Sri Venkateswara College.
Nair added that the university’s internal assessment exams could also be conducted online.
“If we can come up with objective questions that test the understanding and application of students, it would streamline the process,” Nair said.
The online exam, scheduled tentatively for mid-May, is part of a bigger e-learning project undertaken by the university.