The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has partnered with Microsoft India to digitally encrypt question papers for Class X and XII examinations.
This initiative was undertaken to enhance security and seamless distribution of the papers. The solution was successfully tested as a pilot project in the recently held Class X compartmental examinations, across 487 examination centers with approximately 4,000 students.
The Controller of Examination can track the entire process using a software solution built on Windows 10 and Office 365. The overall process was automated to be highly secure with encryption, two-factor authentication and access to download the exam papers at the examination center only 30 minutes prior to start time. The solution leverages features in Office 365 to encrypt and watermark the papers. The watermark has the individual center’s code imprinted on it which allows for localization and traceability in the eventuality of a paper leak. A CBSE administrator initiates the distribution of exam papers, which results in the generation of emails to the respective centers with a link to One Drive where an exam paper, specific to the exam center can be downloaded. This digitization process saves significant time and cost for exam administrators due to online paper generation, automated delivery process and reduction in approval cycles.
Remarking on the partnership Anil Bhansali, Corp. VP, Cloud and Enterprise, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited stated, “A solid education ecosystem is key to our country’s advancement and Microsoft and CBSE are profoundly dedicated to carefully change the area. Creative usage of innovation can possibly settle the absolute most problems that need to be addressed looked by the area. The accomplishment of this partnership with CBSE is verification of that potential. I am certain we are well in transit towards a carefully engaged education ecosystem.”
For the pilot test, numerous ridicule preliminaries were led before the Class X compartmental examination date, with the whole CBSE team including different exam centers alongside Microsoft specialists to guarantee consistent reception and nature with the process. The solution was sent by CBSE without a security rupture.
Broad appropriation of this solution can change the education division and basically change the path understudies in India take their exams.
Microsoft is working intimately with open and private establishments to help modernize education, confer ICT abilities preparing and give low or no cost innovation that helps understudies with immersive learning, instructors with drawing in showing techniques, and administrators with effective administration devices.