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Mangalore University has initiated steps to computerise its entire examination process, except the evaluation of answer scripts, from this month.

Meanwhile, 20 postgraduate teachers on Monday started verifying the results of the Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) examination held in November 2008, as there were allegations that marks had been manipulated.

Senior authorities of the university told The Hindu that presently the examination process is partially computerised.

Registrar (Evaluation) P.S. Yadapadithaya said that Meta-i-Technology Ltd., Bangalore, started work on generating OMR sheets and coding and decoding of answer scripts on Monday. Students of various courses would be able to apply for their November 2010 examinations online, he said.

At present, the marks and the corresponding roll numbers of students are being entered in A forms by evaluators. The university sends these forms to tabulators for transferring them to the university ledger. Marks in the ledger are then entered manually on the marks cards.

Once the entire process is computerised, the evaluators will have to make entries on the OMR sheets. The data on the OMR sheets will be directly transferred to a computer, tabulated, recorded in the computer-stored ledger sheets from which the marks cards will be generated.

He said that with complete computerisation, the university would be able to announce the results in 10 days after evaluation. The integrated computerisation process will be applied to degree and postgraduate examinations to be held this month and next month.

BBM results

Prof. Yadapadithaya said that the university had found the marks of a few students who had appeared for BBM examinations in November 2008 had been manipulated. “We have now found 87 such cases through random checks of the results of 12 colleges,” he said.

Manipulations were found while transferring the marks from A forms to the university ledger, he said.

The verification process would be completed in ten days. Later, a report on the findings would be submitted to the malpractices inquiry committee and the Syndicate of the university for initiating action, he said.

The university had issued tamper-proof certificates to recipients of Ph.D. degrees at the convocation last month. Such certificates would henceforth be issued to undergraduate and postgraduate students, Prof. Yadapadithaya said.