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RGUHS introduces measures to stem examination malpractice

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Technology-based initiatives to make exam system student friendly

Among the slew of innovative measures taken up by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) are the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) on answer scripts and degree certificates and making applications for examinations and re-totalling available online from the next academic year.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, K.S. Sriprakash, Vice-Chancellor of RGUHS, said the technology-based initiatives will not only make the examination system student friendly, but also reduce the malpractices.

RFID technology

N.S. Ashok Kumar, Registrar, RGUHS said: “The answer scripts and the degree certificate issued during convocation will have RFID, which will contain anti-copying and invisible ink as well as gold embossing, besides bearing a colour photograph of the candidate and the bar code.”

The answer scripts and convocation certificates will have a RFID attached to them to avoid tampering. Mr. Kumar said, “When students apply to universities abroad, we get calls from the embassies to check their authenticity. These initiatives are sure to benefit the students.”

Re-totalling to go online

He also said the university plans to make the application for exams and re-totalling process online. Mr. Kumar said the university’s initiatives such as transmission of question paper online, which was implemented the previous academic year, had helped curb malpractices and overcome question paper leaks.

He also said the zonal evaluation system will be initiated to speed up the valuation process.

“We have also made the entire process of entering the marks online. The theory, practical and internal assessment marks will be entered through online system from this academic year so that manual errors will be reduced. This would also make it easy to compile the marks.”

The university also plans to issue the provisional degree online as students have to wait for a year to obtain the degree certificates, Mr. Kumar added.

Evaluation method changes

The university also plans to make changes in the evaluation method.

Previously, at the undergraduate level, three evaluations would be conducted and the average of the nearest two scores were considered. Now, the average of the best two scores in the evaluation will be considered. Similarly, at the postgraduation level, five evaluations were conducted and the average of the nearest four scores were considered. From this academic year, the average of the best of four would be considered, Mr. Sriprakash added.

He said, “Earlier students would fail because of a narrow margin of one or two marks.

This evaluation method which has also been approved by the Syndicate will help us help the students in a legal and logical manner.”

Panel set up

He also added that an examination reforms committee has been set up under the chairmanship of Srinivas Gowda, former registrar of RGUHS, to look into various aspects of examination reforms.

Prarthana Bhardwaj a student of the JJM Medical College, Davangere, which is affiliated to the RGUHS said, “I think it is a good system and will help me avoid running around to different places. However, for people who have no access to Internet, the system may be difficult.”

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