Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has been awarded the Information Communication Technology (ICT)- Enabled University of the year award by the Jury in the E - India 2009 award ceremony. GTU has been awarded as ICT enabled University in the Digital Learning category.

The award was given for its project – Gujarat Common Entrance Exam (GCET-2009). This was the first time in India that any State level (Government) Entrance Exam was conducted online. This exam was held for the admissions to Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Computer Application (MCA) courses in all GTU affiliated institutions in the State.

GTU had partnered with Bangalore-based skills assessment company MeritTrac Services for this first of its kind venture, which took off in July. MeritTrac Services managed the entire technology and delivery process of the exam. A total of 22,797 candidates took this two-hour online test, in three batches every day. The entire process was managed online right from application processing to online counselling for seat allocation. Instantaneous evaluation of candidate responses ensured that the individual candidate scores were computed and displayed soon after the candidate completed the test. This feature ensured complete transparency of the examination process and enhanced the candidate’s belief in the admission process of the university.

“We are delighted that GTU bagged the award for the ICT-enabled University 2009. We credit the visionary leadership at GTU which supported us all the way, creating a path-breaking online examination process for similar exams across India. We foresee more institutions joining the online bandwagon enthused by this success”, said Madan Padaki, Co-Founder and CEO, MeritTrac Services.

According to Bhuptani, Registrar, Gujarat Technological University, “We are elated to have won the ICT enabled University in the Digital Learning category in the E-India award ceremony. For the first time in India, a state university successfully automated the examination delivery process-ensuring a fair & transparent testing process and a quick turnaround in announcing results. We are pleased to have found a capable partner in MeritTrac Services for successfully executing online Gujarat Common Entrance Test.”