Plan to make CBSE engineering, medical entrance tests online

CBSE-conducted engineering and medical entrance examinations could be redesigned and held online if the premier educational board has its way.

Last Updated: Oct 03, 2010, 09:28 AM IST

New Delhi: CBSE-conducted engineering and medical entrance examinations could be redesigned and held online if the premier educational board has its way.

The `Centre for Assessment, Evaluation and Research` which CBSE has planned to set up with a partner organisation on public-private partnership mode to carry forward reforms in education will have a core group which would go through this entire exercise.

The group will fall under the centre`s Department of Research and Assessment and assume responsibility for developing and designing SAT equivalent assessment, according to sources.

CBSE has already invited expressions of interest for the partner organisation of international repute.

The department will be involved in creation of tests to track and report student learning.

"This will be followed by the identification and establishment of core subject groups who will then continue to create, trial and support implementing of resources for
school-based assessment," a CBSE circular said.

The department will also help schools to identify and train a resource person from either within their current group or from outside to assume the role of a trained assessment
professional.

This professional will be responsible for guiding new and current teachers of the school regarding the school`s assessment policies and resources.

The department will also aim at collecting student data from all schools to track and report on student learning and will particularly identify areas where improvement is needed or where there is inadequate resourcing, the circular said.

The other two departments of the centre would be the Department of Professional Development and Leadership and Publications Department.

According to sources, the centre might also seek financial grants and funds from international agencies.

The centre will be developed using a three-year phased approach and it is expected that it would be a well-established self-sustaining institute by the end of this period.

PTI