DRS Data Services Ltd, a UK-based provider of electronic data capture technology used by many of the world’s leading examination bodies for scanning millions of exam papers every year, has forged a partnership with Globarena in India.
The rising demand among universities in India for end-to-end examination solutions with electronic marking has prompted Globarena to reach out to the educational institutions across India in the examination and eLearning space, providing its services and solutions to government education departments, universities and a thousand colleges across India.
Under this partnership, DRS and Globarena will promote DRS’ market-leading e-Marker® technology in India, which is already used by several UK and international universities and examination boards. The two companies have secured a project to electronically mark about 3.2 million scripts a year at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada in India, currently in progress.
According to Raju VSN, CEO at Globarena, many Indian universities are turning towards examination automation and electronic marking solutions in a bid to improve the quality of evaluation. He says the technology will address many issues involved with the examination process, such as missing exam papers, or question paper leakage. Many universities also want to speed up the assessment process to ensure that results are delivered on-time, in a growing market already approaching a billion students a year.
“Examination process automation addresses the challenges being faced in the conventional evaluation process,” said VSN.
The benefits of electronic marking include considerable time savings and avoiding the logistical headaches of transporting millions of exam scripts to potentially thousands of markers across the globe. Markers can follow an allocated quota to focus on one question at a time, which improves the quality of marking.
“Automation of evaluation ensures quality marking and also enhances marker productivity,” said Steve Gowers, chief executive at DRS.
DRS opted to work with Globarena because of its experience in working with Indian universities and providing learning and examination and assessment solutions.
“Globarena pre and post exam solutions, and DRS electronic marking solution, will provide universities in India with a comprehensive and complete examination solution that’s secure, scalable, user-friendly and cost effective,” concluded VSN.