Tech tackles mass cheating at a varsity

Plagued by malpractices in the marking of examination copies and menace of mass cheating across its 160 affiliated colleges in the state,the Bundelkhand University found reprieve in a technological find that saw it holding one of its most successful examination in a long time

Written by SURBHI KHYATI | Lucknow | Published:August 7, 2013 4:03 am

Plagued by malpractices in the marking of examination copies and menace of mass cheating across its 160 affiliated colleges in the state,the Bundelkhand University found reprieve in a technological find that saw it holding one of its most successful examination in a long time while also ensuring that classes are held regularly.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor,Prof Avinash Pandey found in technology a solution to not only the issues regarding holding of classes and examinations,but also to the growing indiscipline in the affiliated colleges’ following of rules.

Designed by and purchased from a company named Technopurple,the license for this mobile-based technical solution enabled the vice-chancellor’s flying squads,stationed at examination centres,to upload real-time photographs and videos “within minutes”,apart from sending out their own geographical location through Google Maps.

“We were able to catch 30 colleges red-handed,cancel their examinations and re-schedule them. The colleges have been let off with warning,although the affiliation of one of them has been cancelled for admitting more students than it was permitted to,” said Prof Pandey. The license for the technology cost the varsity only Rs 6,000 for one year.

Following success in the examinations in 2012-13,the Vice-Chancellor has decided to use the technology round the year to ensure that 130 self-financed colleges develop requisite infrastructure for affiliation.

“The flying squads,through surprise visits,will check whether classes are being held or not. This way,we will be able to promote academic discipline,” Prof Pandey said.

With help from Tata Consultancy Limited,the university has introduced a scanning technology that lets the examiners check copies on computer.

Some 30,000 copies of BEd and BTech are being scanned and provided to the examiners following complaints regarding the marking pattern used for these two subjects.

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