This is a final stage to put the online process for conducting exams in all the 17 state universities. K.Sankaranarayanan, Governor held a meeting on Saturday and informed the Vice chancellors of various varsities to build infrastructure for a full fledged online mechanism to be put in place across universities as soon as possible.
The meeting followed a presentation to the governor over the use of technology to bring reforms in the existing exam system. The State Minister P Sawant, higher and technical education said "We will soon finalize the tender for a pilot. Once implemented successfully, it could be all varsities in the state."
The sources revealed that several IT firms are in the battle for the ambitious pilot, including Tata Consultancy Services. The initiative is part of recommendations made by Governments' exam reform panel, which submitted its report recently.
There are some of the needs that were suggested by the reforms, which includes; mandatory display of results online, including complete breakup marks, open book examination and take home examinations, where students are given deadline for submissions, use of technology in registration, acceptance of forms, delivery of question papers and answer booklets and more.
One of the senior official says "With this, we would be able to bring about some transperency in the ysstem and drastically reduce the instances of paper leaks which have now become commonplace".
This project being headed by state IT Secretary Rajesh Aggarwal. The project suggests several reforms, including online examination and submission of principles in online mode.