Nitte(NMAMIT) team successfully develops digital evaluation of exam papers
A group of students from Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute Technology (NMAMIT) has developed a digital evaluation system, Dr. Ashokkumar A., Professor, Information Science and Electronics (IS&E) Department, NMAMIT, Nitte, told The Hindu .
The software, which uses C# (C Sharp) and Microsoft SQL Server 2008, has been developed specifically to evaluate answer scripts of examinations conducted in their college, also generates a marks sheet.
Roopa R. Kamath, Shreeranjini.G, Smitha Rashmi Shenoy T., and Sushma S. Shenoy, students of the college, participated in the project with Devidas Bhat, Lecturer, Department of IS&E, NMAMIT, Nitte, as guide.
The software allows the user to store scanned versions of answer sheets based on the university student number (USN), the question paper, and the (sample) solution sheet, in the database. The evaluator checks the digitised answer sheet by comparing it with the solution. It displays error messages if an answer has not been unevaluated or more marks are given in the mark sheet than prescribed, said Ms. Kamath.
The software generates a report card (or marks sheet) by integrating the marks given by the evaluator in the answer scripts of the semester examination and the marks allotted to the student in the internal assessment. Based on the integrated marks, it calculates the SGPA (Semester Grade Point Average). However, the marks of the internals are not visible to the evaluator as it may prejudice him while he evaluates the semester answer scripts.
Devidas Bhat, guide for the project, said the students tried to create a solution that would cater to the specific requirements of the college, suited to the low number of papers and to the pattern of the question paper followed at the college.
Since the answer scripts were uneditable documents, nobody can tamper with them. It can help in announcing results much earlier as the manual component is reduced. It saves the evaluators from a lot of tabulation work as adding marks (in many subjects) is done by the software.
Scaling up is not difficult but initially the group wants to test it with a small number of answer scripts.
Talks are on with the college management to implement it, for a start, at the post graduate level in the college, said Mr Bhat.