Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) has decided to introduce an online question paper delivery system for certain engineering courses from the current examination session on an experiment basis.
In the wake of rising incidents of paper leak, the State Government formed a committee under the chairmanship of Rajesh Agarwal (secretary IT, State Government) to suggest measures for the secure delivery of question papers.
The committee was comprised of vice chancellors, deans and comptrollers of examinations of various universities, including Bamu vice chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande and deputy registrar (confidential) D M Netke. The committee recently presented its report to the government recommending use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in both administrative and examination works, to overcome the incidence of paper leaks.
It also asked all the universities to adopt IT solutions based on encryption and secure transmission so that question papers will be available only an hour before an exam.
"Bamu, which had already conducted one engineering paper online in the last semester, will now go ahead with conducting another paper of the second semester online in the current semester," Dr Ashok Chavan said.
"Question papers of certain courses like BE, B Tech and ME will be delivered online from the present semester exam on an experiment basis. Encrypted question papers will be sent to centres on the examination day and its password sent to the persons concerned who will be able to decrypt them," Dr Chavan explained, however, he refused to divulge the names of those questions papers.