University of Pune (UoP) in an innovative step,will introduce cloud computing in exam systems in four faculties Masters in Business Management,Management studies,Engineering and B.Ed,officials said Wednesday.
The cloud computing system has been approved in the board of examination meeting Wednesday. The system will be tested in some colleges,where we will store examination papers in the universitys cloud. We will give passwords to the colleges selected and ask them to download it. We will then take feedback from these colleges on the issues faced and the time consumed to download the paper. After this,we will work on the feedback and try to make the system foolproof, said Sanjeev Sonawane,Head,Department of Education.
If the trial run is successful,UoP will procure and adopt the system from Centre for Internet Network Security,officials said. We are set to use cloud computing software for conducting exams across 110 B.Ed colleges under UoP starting April 24. The colleges can download the examination paper and then xerox it, said Sonawane.
Just as a back up option,we will also be sending the question paper in CDs so that if anything goes awry,the college can xerox the question paper, Sonawane said.
Last year,the cloud computing software was used for specific papers where the number of students was very less,said officials.
Last year we had got the software from other agencies. This time,it will be indigenously developed and the board has decided to implement it in the forthcoming BED exams, he said.
On April 22 or 23,we will organise a meeting of all principals and train them in using this software along with the bar code system. We will also put the video of these new initiatives on the university website.
Talks of introducing this system has been going on for long but this is the first time a concrete decision has been taken. This will help in reducing manpower. We are fully prepared to introduce this without any glitches, Sonawane added.