Tech giant Microsoft is has partnered with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to run a pilot to digitally encrypt question papers for class 10th compartmental examinations. The goal is for enhancing security and seamless distribution of the papers.
The solution was successfully tested as a pilot project in the recently held Class 10th compartmental examinations across 487 centers with about 4,000 students, Microsoft said in a statement.
It added that the Controller of Examination could track the entire process using a software solution built on Windows 10 and Office 365 and that the technology was deployed by CBSE without a security breach.
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 was given only 30 minutes prior to the start time, the statement explained. The solution leverages features in Office 365 to encrypt and watermark the papers.
Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President (Cloud and Enterprise) and Managing Director at Microsoft India (R&D), said, “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”.
Microsoft said for the pilot test, multiple mock trials were conducted before the Class X compartmental examination date with the entire CBSE team, including various exam centers along with the company’s experts, to ensure seamless adoption and familiarity with the process.