The examination management system being tried at the Anna University promises to reduce operational costs. “The system provides complete technology support for online registration, examination fee management, internal mark uploading, question bank management, question paper generation and hall ticket generation,” said controller of examinations Vinod Gopalan.
To run the integrated examination management system (IEMS), the university will pay Mindlogicx Infotech Ltd — the Bangalore-based developer which owns IEMS — Rs 75 per student per examination under a five-year contract. “At the end of five years, we will have the entire system to ourselves and exams would virtually become free for students,” vice-chancellor R. Radhakrishnan said.
The semester exams are due later this month, but the difference in costs is already noticeable. Last year, the university hired 23 contract staff to manage exams. The number has now come down to 10.
But some educators advise approaching technological solutions with caution. “I’ll be happy if any university conducts exams without errors, but superimposing technology upon existing systems without proper thought can be cumbersome”, said M.L. Singla, professor of information technology and controller of examinations at Delhi University.