The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, has recently achieved the distinction of successfully conducting 45,000 exams virtually across various programmes since June 2020.
Mercer | Mettl, a global online examination and remote proctoring platform, is IIM-C's examination partner in leading the institute’s shift to the digital mode of education. The transition to the online education ecosystem, amid the prolonged pandemic-induced disruption, helped the B-School maintain its academic and examination continuity. It also strengthened the institute’s vision of adopting modern-age technology to enable world-class digitised education while adhering to its strictest code of conduct in education.
To ensure a smoother transition of its students, administrators, and educators to the virtual education environment, IIM-C conducted multiple dry runs and platform walkthroughs ahead of the exams. The walkthroughs helped students and faculty gain familiarity and comfort in the end-to-end exam-taking experience, customised in multiple formats and question types, such as quizzes, classroom assessments, mid-term and term-end semester exams.
IIM-C has conducted three mid-term and three end-term exams so far for its various programmes and courses, including programmes such as PGP, MBAEx, VLM, and PGDBA, in subjects ranging from Marketing to HR to Finance to Operations to Strategy to Entrepreneurship.
“IIM-C aligned over 2,000 proctors for our examination drives to support large-scale exam processes, ensuring efficient handling of scalability when offering thousands of tests simultaneously. Employing thousands of proctors and dry runs enabled the B-school to offer cheating-proof exam processes, ease of use and a customised test-taking experience while maintaining the utmost sanctity of its education delivery standards,” an IIM-C official said.
Manish Thakur, dean (new initiatives and external relations), IIM-Calcutta, said, “IIM-C is specifically concerned about maintaining the rigour and robustness of its assessment processes, and has taken extra care to maintain its high standards, even in the virtual mode.”
As part of the online solution, Mercer | Mettl has provided scalability, seamlessness and anti-cheating prowess to the entire gamut of IIM-C's examinations, evaluation of the students, and the declaration of results. All this while ensuring credible and secure exams through high-performance, AI-based remote proctoring technologies.
“The pandemic has accelerated the shift to digital means for disruption-free education. Over the last many months, we have been working diligently to ensure smoother examination processes by building robust platform capabilities that ensure a differentiated experience for students, administrators, and academia. Additionally, we want to make digital examinations as seamless and user-friendly as in the physical setting, with features such as state-of-the-art AI proctoring and anti-cheating enhancements” said Siddhartha Gupta, CEO, Mercer | Mettl.