Maharashtra: Fact Finding Committee Formed to Look into IDOL Online Exam Fiasco, Check Details Here
The Maharashtra education department has set up a fact-finding committee with technical experts to look into the matter for examinations of the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL).
IDOL exams were conducted in the first week of October. However, IDOL examinations were disrupted and postponed later by Mumbai University because students faced technical glitches while appearing for the exam.
During an online press conference conducted on Saturday, Uday Samant, Maharashtra minister for higher and technical education, revealed the plight of students during the first week of October. Students were left anxious, more stressed because they were unable to appear for their final year IDOL exams.
Samant informed, “Students who were already stressed about examinations were put under more stress due to the technical errors and will now have to re-appear for all examinations. Such issues cannot be ignored, and the fact-finding committee will delve deep into this issue and present a report on the same at the earliest.”
He further stated that the committee would unite two Education, Director, Level Officials together, including a technical expert. The committee is all set to start work by November 10, 2020. Moreover, the newly formed committee would submit a report based on their observations within one month of working.
After three examinations were postponed within the first week of October, the University of Mumbai of the distance education wing declared postponement of all IDOL exams.
As per the official reports, around 9,000 TYBCom and TYBA students could not appear for their paper on three consecutive days because of technical glitches.
Due to server problems, the university blacklisted the previous service provider, Little MORE Innovation Labs and changed it with a new exam software company to hold the exams again without any technical glitches.
Samant further disclosed that it will be decided if such companies should be blacklisted by all state universities in the future, based on the report submitted by the fact-finding committee.
Apart from this, all state universities have been directed to announce all results by the second week of November, along with issuing mark sheets of students by the end of November.
Two separate expert committees would be formed, one to find ways to implement the National Education Policy (NEP) and another to suggest amendments to the Maharashtra Public Universities Act (2016). It was decided during a meeting conducted between the state minister of higher and technical education Uday Samant and vice-chancellors of all state universities on Friday.
Samant also informed, “These committees will get to work immediately, and they have been asked to submit their reports to the government within a month’s time.”