Published: 11th December 2019
TSBIE replaces private software company with govt institution to process exam-related data
The move comes a few months after technical errors in the software had led to scores of students failing the IPE-2019, leading some to commit suicide while others faced discrepancies in results
The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) has decided that it will not use Globarena Technologies Pvt Ltd’s software to process data and results for the Intermediate Public Examination (IPE) in 2020, as a technical error in the software had led to scores of students failing the IPE-2019, leading some to commit suicide. The TSBIE had given Globarena, a Telangana-based software company, the contract for allotment of centres and processing of results in 2019 in a bid to digitise all exam-related administrative work.
In April this year, more than 3 lakh students faced discrepancies in their intermediate results. This led to the suicide of 20 students as well.
“The software created by Globarena was not tested. It was not even certified,” TSBIE commissioner Syed Omer Jaleel told the media on Tuesday. To avoid such errors in IPE-2020, TSBIE, after a three-member committee meeting with information technology and electronic data processing experts decided to create reliable software. "To make IPE-2020 error-free, the TSBIE, as in the past, will rely on the Centre for Good Governance (CGG) to handle and process examination data, with its new software," he said.
Till 2019, the processing of data and allotment of seats for IPE was managed by the CGG, while processing of results was done by private agencies. For next year, the CGG is developing software for TSBIE to also process exam results. TSBIE recently submitted a standard operating procedure for allotment of centres and processing of results to the CGG to create a software.
“The new software will be audited, tested and certified before IPE-2020 is held,” the TSBIE commissioner promised. “We have noted and rectified the errors committed by the software earlier. Such mistakes will not be repeated,” he added.
In a fortnight, the TSBIE will launch an online grievance-redressal system for students who have any kind of complaints or doubts related to the IPE. A total of 9,82,699 students have paid the examination fee so far. Registrations for the exam, however, will still be accepted on payment of a late fee of Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 till December 5 and 16 respectively, the official said.
You can still register for the test
Registrations for the Intermediate exam are still being accepted on payment of a late fee of Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 till December 5 and 16 respectively. An online grievance-redressal system for students will be launched in a fortnight