Mumbai University colleges struggles with new question paper delivery system
University of Mumbai’s plans to make the examination process glitch-free seems to be progressing at a poor pace.mumbai Updated: Feb 18, 2017 00:50 IST
University of Mumbai’s plans to make the examination process glitch-free seems to be progressing at a poor pace.
The plans, which included limited access to question papers that are sent electronically before the exams, were aimed to avoid paper leaks or distribution of wrong papers during exams. While three mock drills have been conducted across MU-affiliated colleges to test the safety measures, most have still not got the system right and are worried because examinations are set to begin in March.
“Our college participated in two mock drills and it was unsuccessful both times. While it’s a good attempt by the university, it needs to be checked thoroughly before being implemented,” said the principal of a suburban college, adding that the biggest problem with mock drills was the lack of prior notification. According to the new process, question papers can be downloaded by insetting a One Time Password (OTP) that is sent to the college principal. “We suddenly receive the password and then end up running to the IT lab> BY then, the OTP expires,” the principal said.
Until now, MU depended on the Electronic Paper Delivery System (EPDS) where the password for question papers was sent via SMS to the college principal and technical coordinator, an hour before the paper was to be held. Colleges were then supposed to download question papers, print and distribute copies. The new process will allow colleges to nominate four people from their examination or IT department, whose photo ids will be shared with MU’s examination committee. A question paper can only be downloaded once the webcam scan approves the identity of the person, an OTP is submitted and the entire process will be recorded via CCTV cameras in the exam space in every college.
Many have also questioned the feasibility of this new method in all colleges, especially the ones beyond city limits. “Many colleges struggle with basic computer and internet facilities, so the process will be a challenge for them. MU should also try and help such colleges to set up basic facilities that will help them download question papers according to the new process,” said another principal.
Deepak Wasave, in-charge controller of examination for MU, told HT that the new process will make the entire process of downloading question papers more accountable. “It’ll seem hard right now but we are conducting as many mock drills as possible to ensure that colleges catch up with the process soon. We will also help colleges, if required, to upgrade their technology to be able to conduct the process smoothly,” said Wasave.