Institute uses Moodle, an examination software that sets innovative questions where answers differ from student to student
A special software, double-shuffling of question papers, innovative questions — the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, is doing all this and more to ensure the security of online examinations.
The COVID-19 pandemic compelled nearly all exams to go online and several institutions in the country, including the IITs, have been working overtime to ensure that the sanctity of the examination system is maintained.
“IIT students are admitted through a competitive process and there is no reason to assume that they will be resorting to mass cheating in an examination. But we have had a few cases of malpractice in the past, though percentage-wise this is absolutely minimal. For such instances, immediate actions such as deregistration, cancellation of paper etc. were imposed. Nevertheless, we have adopted several measures to curb malpractices through innovative ways,” said Virendra K. Tewari, director, IIT Kharagpur.
Some of the measures adopted by IIT Kharagpur:
Several IITs have been noting how students are utilising the absence of an invigilator during online exams to seek help in various manners. Some students of IIT Delhi formed WhatsApp groups to exchange answers.
“Experience says that generally the rules are required to be framed for a purpose for possibly 5% of people who are not so disciplined and cause disturbance to the whole system. For this 5%, 95% end up suffering as they need to go through a constricted process,” Sriman K. Bhattacharyya, deputy director, IIT Kharagpur, said.
The Union education ministry has formed a committee to suggest measures for ensuring the “security and sanctity” of online examinations.
“We wish to inculcate in our students a sense of responsibility and try to teach them that acts such as malpractices in examination bring a bad name not only for themselves but for the departments, centres, units they come from and for the institute and their family as well,” director Tiwari said.
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