HPU to say good-bye to printing of papers in press

Shimla

The question papers printed from a printing press would soon be a thing of past in various post graduate, graduate level examinations conducted by Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Shimla. From the next academic session, the HPU administration has decided to conduct all examinations on new pattern. Herein, all the examination centers would be provided question papers online half an hour before the start of exam for download. The print-outs photostat copies would be distributed among all the students appearing in exam. This would not only help the HPU administration in saving money but would take care of the hassles, which always worried the administration during exams. “Being a hill state HPU was facing various problems in conducting examinations as many of its centers are located in remote areas. It had proved to be a tough exercise for HPU to deliver question papers at these well in time every year. ` “Last year, HPU had faced many problems in delivering question papers to its centre at located at Pangi in Chamba and few others in the winter season as snow blocked the road link and helicopter service was also not available for this centre,” said Controller of Examination HPU Dr. Narender Avasthi.

He said that new practice would come into being from next academic session. According to records, more than six lakh students appear in various graduate and post graduate level and other examinations being conducted by HPU every year. The varsity spends over Rs. four crore on this in a year. The amount increases increasing every year. Sources said financial crunch apart, the staff shortage was also a big problem for HPU in conducting the exams smoothly. The new mechanisms not require any transportation and the cost of printing in a press could be done away with. To check paper leaks Box According to the varsity authorities, the new mechanism is expected to check the incidents of paper leak in HPU examinations. An episode of paper leak of a Pre-Medical Test, though at the level of printing press, had tarnished the image of HPU some years ago. The HPU gets the question papers printed for various exams from outside the state. It had been a big challange for HPU to maintain secrecy of the papers.