New tech for faster results

The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations has decided to implement new-age technological solution to speed up result publication and reduce recheck requests.

By PRIYA ABRAHAM in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 21.11.15
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File picture of CISCE chief executive secretary Gerry Arathoon

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 20: The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations has decided to implement new-age technological solution to speed up result publication and reduce recheck requests.

This tech evaluation of answer sheets will help in publishing the results much ahead of schedule.

The council will introduce the line ink character recognition (LICR) technology wherein examiners will use digital pens to enter marks obtained by students in each subject on a tab. This will be automatically recorded in a server (cloud). Live Ink Character Recognition (LICR) solution is a method which uses character recognition technology and question paper rubrics to publish examination results in a given time frame.

"The council is the first in the country to implement this technology. It will help in reducing the time of evaluation and declaring results in the first week of May, thus advancing it by two weeks," said council secretary Gerry Arathoon.

According to the new procedure, the examiners will use the LICR pen to fill in slots on the top sheet of answer script against each question. Subsequently, the question-wise marks, as well as the grand total obtained, will be transferred to the central servers of the council.

The council has already been successful in doing a pilot-run of the system during evaluation of the ISC and ICSE 2015 exams. It was found that this system could cut down the time taken to transfer accurately digitised marks to the council servers. The technology used for the purpose is not only secure and error free, but also requires no training for the examiners and will help the council make a detailed question-by-question performance-analysis of the results.

"The LICR pen works like any other pen. Therefore, teachers will not require any special training to use it. In fact, the technology will help the council publish results immediately after the answer scripts are evaluated," Arathoon said.

He was in town to attend the 58th annual general meeting of the Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate.

This apart, the council is planning to go "paperless". "We are planning complete digitalisation from registration of candidates to accounts and publishing of results," said the top official.