Kurukshetra University (KU) is all set to become Haryana's first digital university. The ambitious project will eliminate repetitive paper work in admissions, filling examination forms and accessing results.
Vice-chancellor Lt Gen DDS Sandhu (retd) told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that in the first phase, 16,000 students enrolled on campus in various disciplines would be covered.
KU authorities will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Haryana Knowledge Corporation Ltd (HKCL), a state-run e-agency, next week.
The V-C added that initiative would help improve the varsity administration's interaction with students.
"Under the Digital University Model, we will give a personalised log-in to students once they are enrolled in any course on the KU campus in the first year itself. This log-in would be valid for the entire stay of a student in the university. Students will be able to access to all his personal data including, examination schedules and forms," the V-C said.
HKCL is a subsidiary of Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) which is promoted by the department of higher and technical education, government of Maharashtra. MKCL is a public limited company raised to create a new paradigm in education and development through universalisation and integration of Information Technology in teaching, learning and educational management processes in particular and socio-economic transformative processes in general.
KU, the oldest university of Haryana established in 1956, has more than four lakh students enrolled with it through various affiliated colleges and department of distance education and the university plans to connect each student online.
"KU has the widest network of affiliating colleges and handling the large volume of students has always been a challenge. Conducting examinations and declaring results in time is another herculean task for the university. However, after the implementation of the project, we expect to save precious man hours and other resources," said the V-C.
Accessing answer sheets is next step
KU has also proposed to enable students to access their answer sheets in the next phase of the digital project by paying a prescribed fee.
"Improving the process of re-evaluation is a major task that we intend to undetake on priority, as it leads to massive paper work every year. Once the system is in place, a student will be able to access his answer booklet online using his log-in.
This transparent initiative will also make the evaluator extra-cautious while evaluation," said the V-C.
What does going digital mean
The project will eliminate repetitive paper work in admissions, filling examination forms and accessing results
In the first phase, 16,000 students enrolled on campus in various disciplines would be covered
Under the Digital University Model, each student will be given personalised log-in. All personal and academic information, including forms and examination schedule could be accessed using the log-in.
Lt Gen DDS Sandhu (retd), Kurukshetra University V-C