Secure Delivery of Digital Question Papers for University Examinations

Secure Delivery of Digital Question Papers for University Examinations

An examination reform measure for select medical courses goes on trial on February 1, when question papers will be despatched to various examination centres through the Internet.

“Sequel,” or Secure Delivery of Digital Question Papers for University Examinations, is a project of the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, and could become standard procedure if it proves to be hack-proof.

During pre-launch testing, Sequel has proved to be simple, reliable and cost-effective. It also seemed equipped to resolve the logistic nightmare that examinations are for administrators. It is estimated that every year, an estimated 60,000 candidates from 250 medical institutions take examinations for over 850 subjects.

Formally launching Sequel, Health Minister M. R. K. Panneerselvam advised administrators to err on the side of caution than opt for haste in implementing this radical reform.

The government, he said, was as committed to improving health infrastructure as boosting the morale of the medical fraternity. Pay revision for doctors and counselling for transfers would be implemented shortly, he said.

Since assuming power, the DMK-led Government had recruited over 3,000 doctors and 4,400 nurses. Director of Medical Education Thiagavalli Kirubakaran said if found reliable Sequel would be implemented across institutions and all courses from October.