After the high condemnation CBSE received for the adverse paper leak scam of both the classes 10 and 12,Central Board of Secondary Education partnered with the tech giant Microsoft in order to ensure consistent paper distribution with encrypted data.However,such initiatives were impulsively required to avoid further misleads in future and strengthen the paper security before the examinations.This solution has been tried-and-true in the compartment examination of 4,000 Class 10th students.
“We have developed CBSE an innovative solution which makes question paper leak-proof until 30 min prior to the start of the examinations. But if the question paper gets leaked after they are allowed to download (just half an hour before the start of the exam) due to some bad actors, the system allows easy traceability as question paper for each center are watermarked.” Anil Bhansali,Managing Director,Microsoft India (R&D) and Corporate Vice President,Cloud and Enterprise told IANS.
Execution of System
The system will enable the Controller of examination to track the absolute process with the help of software solution built on Windows 10 and Office 365.The whole process is encoded and will require two factor authentication.Examiners will have to get themselves identified before downloading the exam paper.Only 30 min prior to the examination,they wil be allowed to download the exam paper.
The system could have any of the authentication process be it OTP (One Time Password) or biometric or even Aadhaar-based.The distribution of exam papers will be initiated by a CBSE administrator by which emails will be generated to the respective exam centers and exam papers can be downloaded.According to the Microsoft,digitization will make huge difference in terms of cost and time saving as there will be online generation of papers.
“The system that we have developed for CBSE can be easily replicated for other boards or examination administrators. We will be happy to share it with other central or state authorities that conduct examinations for various purposes,” Bhansali further added.