ICT to Reform Maharashtra Universities

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On the backdrop of exam paper leakages in Maharashtra in recent years, a committee was set up by the Governor of Maharashtra under the chairmanship Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary IT, Government of Maharashtra to provide recommendations to leverage ICT for secure delivery of examination papers. The committee which has vice chancellors, deans and comptrollers of examinations of various prominent universities across Maharashtra as members, recently presented its draft report on social media inviting suggestions from public.

The committee has recommended quality of services should be improved by introducing services through online web portal, computerized counters at college or university, mobile , helpdesks , Common Service Centers, other online platforms and online availability of information. It has also recommended dematerializing of degrees and certificates along with digital Scanning and on-screen evaluation of answer sheets, online application for reevaluation.

 To prevent leakages and malpractices related to exam papers, the committee has asked universities to adopt IT solution based on encryption and secured transmission so that the exam paper will be available only an hour before the exam. The committee has also suggested autonomy for colleges and institutions attaining ‘A’ grade status and with proven academic record and examination conducting reputation for conducting their own examinations and designing their own methods of assessments. Universities should evolve proper supervisory capacity to ensure proper conduct of examinations by such colleges.

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