The Punjab Technical University (PTU) has announced major initiatives with an objective to reform the examination system for the distance education programme (DEP).
PTU vice-chancellor Rajneesh Arora said on Sunday that the PTU authorities were endeavouring to bring the standard of education under the programme at par with that of the regular courses in PTU-affiliated colleges.
He said, “We are in the process of redesigning the DEP curriculum, as well as that of the courses. We are conducting the DEP exams concurrently with those of the regular courses, and even the results for both shall be declared together.”
Adding that malpractices were reported in the DEP examination system earlier, he claimed that the reforms were targeted at removing them.
“Earlier, schools were used as examination centres, but now each examination centre has been audited to ensure that they conform to the norms set by the university in terms of infrastructure like toilets, IT bandwidth, drinking water and adequate examination staff,” he claimed.
Besides, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) have been drafted and implemented for the conduct of accurate, fair and auditable examinations, he added.
On leaking of question papers he said, “The chances of papers being leaked have been eliminated as the paper is electronically transmitted to the centres only one hour before the beginning of the examination, where they are then printed instantly on high-speed printers.”
Besides, photographic attendance sheets will be sent in advance to each examination centre so there is no impersonation by the candidates, and heads of police across the country have been alerted regarding the dates of impending examinations and the addresses of all examination centres forwarded to them.
Observers and flying squad teams have been deployed to visit each examination centre to ensure that the examinations are conducted in a fair and clean manner, and personnel have been trained to ensure a standard way of conducting the examinations.
Study material for examinations (SIMS) has been put up on the university website and also distributed though compact discs (CD) so that students do not have to wait for the hard copy to reach them, while degrees would be provided within 15 days of the declaration of results to the college or learning centre concerned, he claimed.
· Auditing of exam centres
· Standard operating procedures implemented
· Question papers transmitted electronically, printed on spot one hour before exam
· Photographic attendance sheets
· Police involvement
· Observers, flying squads deployed
· Study material put up on official website
· Degrees to be provided within 15 days of result declaration