Even as the Indian Institutes of Management debate contracting out their common admission test, a state university in Tamil Nadu has gone ahead and outsourced its examinations.
A first for higher education India, the move aims at reducing operational costs and avoid testing and evaluating errors of manually conducted examinations that can hurt students’ careers.
Examinations at the Anna University in Coimbatore are now being conducted by a computerised integrated examination management system, or IEMS, that was launched on December 15, and has since being used to conduct semester examinations for 32,000 students in 107 engineering and management colleges.
“We know we’re trying something new. We outsourced the university examination work to a third party,” vice-chancellor R. Radhakrishnan said.
The system, set up by Bangalore-based technology developer Mindlogicx Infotech Ltd, has computerised the so-called examination management, while data entry and authentication is left to university staff to ensure confidentiality.