India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has selected software major Microsoft to encrypt question papers for Class X and XII examinations to avoid paper-leak.
US-based Microsoft will assist CBSE to enhance security and distribution of examinations papers. CBSE tested the solution as a pilot project in the recently held Class X compartmental examinations, across 487 examination centers with approximately 4,000 students.
Microsoft said the Controller of Examination can track the process using a software solution built on Windows 10 and Office 365.
Microsoft has automated the process to ensure security with encryption, two-factor authentication and access to download the exam papers at the examination center 30 minutes prior to start time.
Microsoft said the solution leverages features in Office 365 to encrypt and watermark the papers. The watermark has the individual center’s code imprinted on it which allows for localization and traceability in the eventuality of a paper leak.
A CBSE administrator initiates the distribution of exam papers, which results in the generation of emails to the respective centers with a link to One Drive where an exam paper, specific to the exam center can be downloaded.
Microsoft said this digitization process saves significant time and cost for exam administrators due to online paper generation, automated delivery process and reduction in approval cycles.
“Innovative implementation of technology has the potential to solve some of the most pressing issues faced by the education sector,” Anil Bhansali, corporate vice president, Cloud & Enterprise, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D), said.