Mumbai University may introduce an on-screen assessment system for all answer booklets from the current semester itself. Three companies have already bid to install the system.
The bidding process is open till March 16.
Under the on-screen assessment, answer sheets will be scanned and made accessible to examiners and moderators. The papers will be corrected online, thus avoiding the possibility of answer booklets being tampered with after they’ve been submitted.
In a meeting on Monday, it was decided that the first round of workshops to train teachers for on-screen assessment will begin soon after the agency is picked based on the bids received.
“Workshops will be held in certain colleges.These people will then train other teachers from various colleges. It’s a huge task ahead but we plan to implement the process fromthis semester itself,” said an official, who is part of the committee working towards the implementation of this process.
Earlier this year, vice-chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh had announced that Mumbai University would go digital when it comes to assessment of all exams from April 2017, with the aim of cutting down malpractices. As of now, only the engineering faculty papers are checked via the on-screen process and by extending the format to all faculties, MU is looking at scanning and assessing more than 19.5 lakh answer booklets this April.
While manual assessment of answer booklets were conducted at the Central Assessment Program (CAP) section of the examination house in MU’s Kalina campus, Deshmukh had added that on-screen assessment will be conducted in the new Examination House building, which is still under construction. “Our aim is to get the infrastructure ready at Kalina campus itself in time to conduct this process. If not, we’ll request lead colleges to provide us with sub-centers for the purpose,” said MA Khan, registrar, MU.
He added that this will also help decentralise the process and since all colleges have been asked to be equipped with computers on campus, the on-screen assessment will be manageable.
As MU has not yet decided on all the sub-centers or decentralised CAP centres to conduct assessments this year, colleges are already not looking forward to the news. “If I allow MU to assess from my IT or computer lab this semester, I’ll have to cordon off that area completely for anybody else, at least for the next couple of months. How will my masters students use the IT facilities then?” asked the principal of a suburban college. “MU needs to start this process in phases, instead of forcing everyone into this new format in such little time,” he added.