The paper leak cases of CBSE Class X and Class XII this year became an incident of a major headache for both students and parents across the nation. CBSE and its whole examination came under the radar of public questioning and criticism due to this. Although some of the culprits were caught due to rigorous and quick police, it seems CBSE learnt its lesson from the setback and is now taking major steps to prevent any future occurrences of the same kind.
As per recent news reports, CBSE took help from Microsoft to develop a software that will provide encrypted question papers which can be decoded only by authorised personnels. The belief is that this new initiative will prevent future hacks and leaks of question papers. Microsoft have already provided CBSE with the software and the pilot run was completed amist major success in the recently conducted compertmental examinations of Class X.
“We have developed for CBSE an innovative solution which makes question papers leak-proof until 30 minutes prior to the start of the examinations,” Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) and Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise, told IANS in a telephonic interaction. Question papers cancbe directly downloaded in the examination centers and even if any paper gets leaked within this 30- minute window, they can be easily traced to the center it was leaked from as question paper for each center will come with a different watermark.
To further secure the whole process, the software allows the controller of examination to track the entire process using a software solution built on Windows 10 and Office 365. The person responsible for downloading the question papers will have to identify themselves either on the basis of OTP, biometric or Aadhar. This process, if impletented properly is sure to not only prevent paper leaks but also save time, money and efforts that are otherwise required for the whole process of question paper generation and distribution.
CBSE’s efforts to rectify its mistake and prevent its future repeatation is indeed very commendable and appreciable. I just hope that the wrong doers find no cracks in this system to harm the future of lakhs of students of the country. I wish CBSE and Microsoft my best wishes for a complete success of this joint venture too!