IGNOU to conduct engineering test again in 10 days



New Delhi: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Tuesday said it will conduct an entrance test for engineering courses again in next 10 days, after its online test system collapsed on Saturday.

The IGNOU Engineering Aptitude Test (IGNEAT) is the university's first foray into online testing. The test determines entry into B. Tech and diploma programmes in engineering and technology. IGNOU is the country's largest distance education university.

On Saturday, when around 9,800 aspirants sat for the test, the IGNOU server failed and the test could not be conducted.

"The IGNEAT will be conducted within 10 days. We are still trying to ascertain the cause of server failure. We have roped in the cyber security cell (Delhi Police) to investigate the matter and have asked our technicians for a report which we would get in a week," IGNOU Vice-Chancellor V Rajashekharan Pillai said

The test was earlier to be conducted in five sessions - two on Oct 31 and three on Nov 1. But when the aspirants sat for the test Saturday, only two questions popped up on the screen.

IGNOU was using the Yahoo server for conducting the test.

Pillai ruled out the possibility of a major security breach. "I don't think it is hacking, it was a server failure - and could have been due to load and congestion. We have thought of using our own server."

IANS