The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) plans to use technology to check malpractices in evaluation and tabulation of exam answer scripts.
The university is embedding radio signal-emitting chips in answer books that would alert the vice-chancellor and the registrar about attempts to replace answer scripts or tamper with them. Also any attempt would shut the doors of the evaluation hall to ensure that the answer scripts do not go out of the hall, and trap dishonest evaluators.
Named radio freqency identification (RFID) system, the anti-fraud system will employ a unique software, and will be in place for the March-April 2013 exams.
“We are introducing the system to eliminate complaints about malpractices of lifting and replacing of original answer scripts from the strong rooms,” Dr NS Ashok Kumar, registrar evaluation of RGUHS, said.
“We wanted our exam and evaluation system to be completely tamper-proof,” said Ashok Kumar.
The system will be implemented at both undergraduate and postgraduate exams of medical and dental courses. According to data available with the RGUHS, there will be at least 10 lakh answer scripts per exam for evaluation.
A single password will be set for the software which is known to only the vice-chancellor, registrar (evalution) and registrar (administration). Only any of three can open the doors of the evaluation hall, if they are shut because of a fraud alert by the system.
“We thought of making it a process where all the three heads, VC, registrar (evaluation) and registrar (administration) should be present to open the doors, but we realised if any one of us are out of station, it would be a huge problem. Hence, we decided on setting a password which can be used by any of the three,” said Ashok Kumar.
Introducing the system will cost the university Rs4 extra per script.