The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has now partnered with Microsoft India to digitally encrypt question papers for class X and XII examinations. The initiative comes with the strategy to build on security while also enabling seamless distribution of question papers.
The new process was tested recently in a pilot project, where 4,000 class X students were tested across 487 centers. The process is built using Microsoft 10 and Office 365 solutions. It is highly secure with a two-factor authentication system that gives access to download the question paper about 30 minutes before the exam begins.
To further build on security, each paper also comes with a watermark of the individual center it is being distributed in. This will allow the authority to track the paper in case of a leak. Exam papers are sent to centers in the form of a OneDrive link, where they can be downloaded from. A specific link is sent to each center. The process all-in-all will help the board to save time thanks to its online paper generation, automated delivery process and reduction in approval cycles.
Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited stated in a press release, “A strong education ecosystem is key to our nation’s development and Microsoft and CBSE are deeply committed to digitally transform the sector. Innovative implementation of technology has the potential to solve some of the most pressing issues faced by the sector. The success of this partnership with CBSE is proof of that potential. I am confident we are well on the way towards a digitally empowered education ecosystem.”
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Microsoft is currently working with public and private institutions to help modernize education, impart ICT skills training and provide low or no cost technology that helps students with immersive learning, educators with engaging teaching methods, and administrators with efficient management tools. If the company successfully manages to enable other institutes to adopt this process, it can change the way students take exams in the country.