Published: 03rd August 2018
TN government to introduce uniform QR coded answer sheets to avoid paper chasing
The new answer script will be implemented on a trial basis in one or two colleges affiliated with Alagappa University in Karaikudi for November/December semester examination.
Students chasing examination answer papers, with the aim of influencing to get higher marks, will not be possible in the near future. The State Higher Education department is planning to introduce uniform answer script with QR code for examination conducted in all State universities, with the aim of curtailing paper chasing in university examinations.
The new answer script will be implemented on a trial basis in one or two colleges affiliated with Alagappa University in Karaikudi for November/December semester examination. Based on the feedback, this answer script will be followed in all universities from April / May 2019 semester examination. A team headed by Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education (TANSCHE) member secretary R Liilly, who is also the Joint Secretary, Higher Education department, is working on the new answer script format. We want to introduce uniform answer script. We will be discussing it with Controller of Examination of various universities and take a final call, said a senior official in the higher education department.
Right now what is happening is starting with one university Madurai Kamaraj University which does not assign dummy number up to other universities which assign up to five bar codes, each is having a different pattern. So, the team has studied various universities, the official added.
"Our main purpose is to ensure nobody should be able to chase the paper. The paper chasing we want to stop, the manipulation should not take place. With that objective only the entire system we are designing. The team is thinking of QR code, so much more information will come into that. Once we scan the code, you have entire information on the particular answer script, the official explained. Currently some of the universities have bar code for answer scripts and no university has QR code. The Higher Education department had already shifted printing of answer script for universities, except in the case of few universities which had contract running, to the Directorate of Stationary and Printing. Printing of this new answer sheet will also be done by Directorate of Stationary and Printing, the official added.