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New system to print exam papers

mumbai Updated: Apr 20, 2010 01:20 IST
HT Correspondent

The state on Monday announced an overhaul of its system of printing exam question papers and hall tickets.

It will soon incorporate the Ink Character Recognition system, a secure printing system used in the banking sector to reduce errors in automated reading. It will also make sure that high-speed printers, that can print 5,000 papers an hour, are used to print question papers.

It will also allow college principals to access password-protected question papers online, an hour before the exam.

Human error in reading options marked in forms can cost students a year, so reading forms will now be computerised.

“We will also make sure students get a list of subjects they will be appearing for a month-and-a-half before the exams,” Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope said in the legislative council on Monday.

Tope was responding to Shiv Sena Member of Legislative Council, Dr Deepak Sawant, in the backdrop of a Third Year Bachelor of Commerce [T.Y.BCom] student missing her exam because a wrong subject was mentioned in the hall ticket.

There was another incident, recently, when more than 3,000 T.Y.BCom students whose accountancy paper had to be rescheduled as the papers were not printed in time. Tope said this happened because the person who set the paper sent it for printing 48 days after the deadline.

“Hall tickets are issued eight days in advance leaving no time for students or the university to rectify any errors,” Sawant said.

The state Education Department will now ask the university administrations to outsource the work of feeding data on students’ subjects and exam centers on hall tickets to avoid error due to work pressure. “This will enable students to point out mistakes if any and get them rectified in time,” Tope said.

The system will be made foolproof by letting college principals access password-protected papers online, an hour before the exam. They can get photocopies of the question paper and give it to students if papers do not reach on time, Tope said.