Indian education rapidly embracing technology

Written by R Ravichandran | Chennai | Updated: Dec 18 2009, 04:35am hrs
Education in the country is fast becoming open to online exams and e-assessment, according to a recent research by ValueNotes. Various instances of successful attempts to employ technology in the education sector have come up in the recent past. In September, Gujarat Technological University received the India Digital Learning Award for information and communication technology-enabled university of the year after it successfully conducted the Gujarat Common Entrance Test online. Also, in July, Delhi University conducted a 60-minute online examination on environmental sciences. The University of Pune too, successfully conducted online exams for nearly 20,000 students across 57 engineering colleges affiliated to the university.

While online tests are more than 4-5 years old in India, the government is encouraging e-learning as part of its plans to increase access to education. In the last few months, the education sector has attracted a lot of attention, with huge investment plans, changes in structure, the entry of private players and foreign universities expressing interest in entering the Indian market, making news.

The education system ensures that every one is exposed to multiple exams annually. Though the shortcomings are evident, very little effort seems to have been directed to making it student-friendly. The traditional system of conducting exams is an extremely lengthy process which starts with preparing exam papers, printing, sending the question papers to various centers, evaluating and eventually declaring resultsthe process continuing for months on end.

Other problems include lack of transparency, repeated costs of printing, lengthy re-evaluation process, security issues and inefficiency in the management of time.