Examination Department set for a massive makeover

Delhi University’s examination department is all geared up for a massive makeover with the university promising to declare the exam results of 1.2 lakh students online in two weeks flat, change the way the question paper is set, and closely monitor the way teachers evaluate answer sheets by assigning two teachers per paper, which will have to be corrected in the same exam-like conditions.

“The teachers evaluating the papers have to sit together in the evaluation centre and correct the papers in the presence of the evaluation head. There will be a time set by which they will have to submit the answer sheets and the results will be immediately collated and put in soft copy form,” explained Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh, adding that the examinations department had in the past been forced to delay results time and again because of a few evaluators not submitting answer scripts on time.

“In two weeks’ time, 1.2 lakh students will receive their results online along with their answer scripts,” he said.

“For the past 30 years, the colleges would send answer sheets to the examinations department, after which the papers were sent to the homes of individual teachers. We could not monitor how the teachers corrected the scripts and we have had instances where we had to delay the results because one teacher would bring in the scripts late or go on vacation.”

After last year’s fiasco where wrong question papers were sent and some colleges were given blank sheets and some did not even receive their papers, the setting and distribution of question papers will also be overhauled.

“Earlier, the department would send a list of paper setters to the exam branch, which would then send its approval in writing. The paper would then be set by hand and submitted to the exam branch, sometimes very late. After this, the exam branch would ask the department to come and moderate the paper, after which the papers would be finally sent to the printers and then to each college,” said Prof. Singh, adding that new papers will save the university a whole lot of time and money.

“There will be a three-member board to set each paper, which they will do in English and Hindi, and then send copies to the branch. The department will then come and moderate it at the branch, which will be easier as it is in the soft copy. After this we send it to the printers,” he said, adding that each college will be required to keep their emails and faxes ready on the day of exams in case despite all caution the correct printed copies did not reach them in time.

“Earlier the printers would also charge extra to print in Hindi,” he added.

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