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JEE Main 2019: How does NTA secure the exam?

TCS-iON and NTA share inputs on how they have prepared to conduct the JEE Main exam – one of the biggest exam in engineering and the real test of the NTA (Source: NTA website)

TCS-iON and NTA share inputs on how they have prepared to conduct the JEE Main exam – one of the biggest exam in engineering and the real test of the NTA. From question paper setting, anti-cheating mechanism to automated evaluation, all that goes in the background of JEE Mains and other exams

JEE Main 2019: ‘Here is tomorrow’s question paper,’ any such claims are false as it is impossible to leak the exam set by the CBT system, claims Venguswamy Ramaswamy, global head, TCS iON. One of the biggest and most anticipated competitive exams in India, Joint Entrance Exam Main starts from January 8 and will be conducted by the newly constituted National Testing Agency (NTA) for the first time in computer-based testing (CBT) format.

Among the latest developments, the NTA has issued a special advisory for the frisking staff asking them to be more sensitive. “We have asked the frisking staff to be more sensitive, especially towards the female candidates,” NTA DG, Vineet Joshi told indianexpress.com.

Keeping in mind the UGC-NET controversies where two female students were not allowed to appear for the exam as they refused to remove their hijab, NTA has not issued any dress code. The dress code held importance considering this was the first time the exam was being conducted in the winters. Also, earlier there were reports that women were not allowed to wear ‘under-wired bras’ because of their metal content but Joshi clearly informed that no dress code is needed and the NTA has secured the centres well. Here is how the NTA and its partner will secure the JEE.

Firstly, what is CBT? According to the TCS-iON, the digital assessment wing of TCS, who will be conducting the exam has informed indianexpress.com. “In the CBT or computer-based testing format, the exam is conducted on a computer but not online. The question paper in an encrypted format reaches every exam centre and is decrypted only when the first ever candidate clicks the question paper. Which ensures that no one except the student has seen the final questions.” The CBT exam can also be called LAN-based exam.

How is question paper encrypted?: “A CBT exam is set online with help of a computer. Once the final question paper is decided, the answer keys and question papers are saved separately and encrypted in such a sophisticated manner that it would take more than one year for powerful computers to decrypt it,” informed Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON.

How is a question paper set? The question paper setters create their respective question papers following the guidelines are given by the NTA. Each one of them submits respective question paper along with the answer key to the agency. The answers also have supportive source/books substantiating the same which could be used later. “All the questions are tagged with difficulty-level, subject and question’s author tag. Now based on directives by person(s) the computer will pick chose the questions. This system can be done completely automatically and also a person or group of persons can oversee based on the number of questions from certain chapter and number of questions from certain difficulty or time level,” informed Ramaswamy.

Talking to indianexpress.com, the NTA director general (DG), Vineet Joshi had informed, “A number of question paper setters are involved and the questions are selected by a psychometric test.”

He added, “If a question which is meant to be difficult for an average student is considered easy by many, then there is something wrong with the question. The psychometric test will eliminate all these anomalies.”

Once a question paper is set, it is encrypted there and then and is decrypted only when an authorised user attempts the exam at an allowed time.

How is the exam conducted? During the exam, every student biometrics and pictures are collected. According to NTA, a student will be able to mark attendance only by submitting a passport size picture (most recent), putting left thumb imprint and giving a signature on the sheet. This personal data is collected to eliminate any sort of disguised entry. The live-feed of cameras installed in the exam hall is given to city centres who are further monitored by state observers. NTA also broadcasts live feed from each exam centre in its headquarter where vigilantes observe every moment. The HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar had witnessed the live feed during the third day of the UGC-NET exam.

During the exam, informed Ramaswamy, the computers are programmed to read cheating patterns such as too fast answering, too slow answering, two students taking similar time for answers or similar answers etc. Over 20+ cheating patterns have been recognised and the algorithm keeps on learning more.

Each time a cheating pattern is observed, an alert is sent to the exam observers. Additionally, the NTA has installed two invigilators per 30 students in the exam hall along with CCTV cameras.

How are seats allotted?: The exam centres, computers etc all are allotted through a randomised formula. The NTA informed that candidates are not allowed to choose their shifts or timings however they can send their top five centre option based on which a randomised selection process grants them the seat.

During the exam, the computer understands the IP addresses of the students and not only are the questions in their exams jumbled but also the number or placement of the answers. If the answer to Q1 is B in Ram’s exam then Ali might get the same question at the nth position and the right option can be placed at D option if he gets the same question at all.

How is exam evaluated?: As the exam gets over, all the answer sheets get collected to a common place all of which is encrypted and secured under ‘highly sophisticated’ servers. The computer matched the answer keys with the corresponding questions and the result and answer key is created which can be announced accordingly.

Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/education/this-is-how-nta-is-going-to-secure-the-jee-main-exam-5527458/

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ITC, Tatas, others tapped for J&K’s first investors summit

Government also plans to bring in investors from Middle East, Malaysia and Singapore.
By Vasudha Venugopal

New Delhi : To promote Jammu & Kashmir as an attractive destination for investments, the state department of Industry and commerce has reached out to several corporates including ITC, Tata Group, Suzlon Energy, Mahindra Agrotech, UltraTech Cement, and Radisson Hotels to participate in its first Investors Summit likely to be held in October-November, top officials said.

Prodded by the Centre, the department, along with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is also planning roadshows and interactions with officials and investors from countries of the Middle East, Malaysia and Singapore to attract investments into Jammu and Kashmir, the officials told ET.

On Monday, the Narendra Modi led government in a historic decision revoked Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, with home minister Amit Shah blaming the special provisions for lack of investments and growth in the state.

J&K officials said they have requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and five senior Union ministers to take part in the summit that will be held in two parts, first in Srinagar and then in Jammu.

J&K officials said they have requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and five senior Union ministers to take part in the summit that will be held in two parts, first in Srinagar and then in Jammu.

Consultancy firm Ernst & Young has helped the officials identify areas of potential investment as well as key challenges such as land laws, poor transport, and delay in clearances that might affect the business environment.

Apart from tourism and hospitality, which are the major focus, they have identified pharmaceuticals, food processing, healthcare, education and manufacturing as likely focus areas for Jammu, and healthcare, dairy, renewable energy, handicrafts and horticulture for Kashmir, officials said.
J&K industry and commerce secretary Navin Kumar Choudhary said the department was in touch with all major corporate groups that are relevant to the new union territory’s demography and all details will be firmed up in about a week. “We have reached out to all major and medium level players,” he said. “Due to the geography we are more keen on medium and small-scale industries than big companies.”

CII northern region chairman Sameer Gupta said sectors such as IT, auto, wellness and medical tourism will open up soon. “Ladakh is the most suited for firms in solar power because of its radiation levels, so we are also targeting the power sector,” he said. “The area of Anantnag and Baramulla is well known for cement and other raw materials. We will also showcase case studies of medium and small industries that are operating successfully in J&K. J&K has the advantage of low cost of power, availability of water and low-cost labour, which can attract investors.”

Venguswamy Ramaswamy, global head of TCS iON, a Tata Consultancy Services unit focused on education, said the company in the last few months had looked at various aspects of investment potential in both Jammu and Kashmir, after visits and interactions with local industrialists.“We have already pointed out challenges such as lack of proper rail and road connectivity, and how the environment could be made more congenial to investors,” he told ET. “At TCS, we have already conveyed our intent to have more examinations in J&K for students so that they don’t have to go out to qualify for jobs.”

Confirming ITC’s participation in the summit, a company spokesperson said, “Given ITC’s growing presence across agriculture, manufacturing and services, we evaluate opportunities in different states from time to time. The proposed investors summit will provide an opportunity to examine the prospects and potential in Jammu and Kashmir.”

Officials at the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) said the tentative dates for the summit is October 12-14, but said they are waiting for the dates to be firmed up before making final plans.

Local Kashmiri Industry associations, however, have asked for the summit to be postponed till the political situation settles in. They have also raised issues of non-availability of land for industrial development, delays in clearances, lack of power subsidy for the tourism sector, poor implementation of crop insurance schemes, rehabilitation of areas affected in floods, and decongestion in Srinagar that need to be addressed.

Rakesh Gupta of Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry told ET that the system of approval of clearances and corruption that prevents startups from taking off in Jammu & Kashmir had to be checked. “They have to first make it easier for existing and aspiring businessmen here,” he said. “It will be better if the summit happens after the land laws and other changes after the removal of article 360 and 35A are in place.”

Lalit Mahajan, president at Bari Brahmana Industries Association (BBIA), said the investors summit should listen to local voices, and ancillary units need to be promoted in J&K. “There is good potential for sugar mills around the Lakhanpur border and for growing aloevera in many dry places here but for that local businessmen need mentoring and encouragement.”

Source : https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/itc-tatas-others-tapped-for-jks-first-investors-summit/articleshow/70562327.cms

Learning for the Netflix generation

TCS iON’s digital solutions are transforming the education ecosystem in India

Do you remember the days of roaming charges on mobile phones? Or the days when it took an entire day to download a song? Or when entertainment meant waiting the entire week to watch Mahabharat on Doordarshan channel on Sunday mornings? This is not about taking a trip down memory lane. This is about underscoring the progress that every facet of our life has made in the digital era. From GSM to 4G, from kirana (brick-and-mortar) stores to Amazon and Flipkart, from Doordarshan to Netflix, every aspect of our lives has undergone a sea of innovation. We believe, however, that the education sector is trailing behind, and we must upgrade our education system.

The generation of learners today is very different. They have a short attention span, but they have the ability to handle five devices simultaneously. They can dig out information at the click of a button, and thus information is not really for us to provide. What we can provide, though, is an enhanced learning experience. The age-old system of a professor delivering lectures to a class of students just does not work anymore! And that is where TCS iON identified a huge opportunity.

In the last few years, TCS iON has launched several cloud-based solutions for the education sector. New digital education concepts such as mass personalisation, data-driven learning, immersive learning and superior learner experience, all have the potential to disrupt the education industry. And to that effect, TCS iON has devised a three-pronged approach.

REJIG EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION

A structured, well-planned learning experience stems from the education administration. It is therefore imperative that we streamline this first. The numerous processes of admission, grading, promotion, hostel, library, student affairs, transportation, staff management, etc are still being dealt with manually in most institutions.

TCS iON’s Digital Campus solution is focused on reimagining the processes linking the students, teachers and administrators in the education ecosystem. This makes campus administration more straightforward and less time-consuming. This ensures that teachers and professors are more involved in developing the right learning culture. The solution also redefines students’ experience in interacting with the campus and administration.

REIMAGINE LEARNING

Learning experience is integral to the education ecosystem. TCS iON aims to provide the learner with a superior learning experience through data-driven analytics and personalised learning solutions. Towards this, we decided to flip the prevalent pedagogy. Instead of forcing a blanket-learning system on all kinds of learners, we decided to identify the learners’ interest areas, their strengths and their pain-points and address them through a personalised learning solution that is specific to individual interests and needs.

To bring about this change, we did three things. First, we consciously shifted focus from ‘management of learning’ to ‘management of the experience of learning’. We focused on providing a set of capabilities — learn with peers, access to social features — to assess learners’ preparedness and make learning an enjoyable experience. Today, we are moving into providing learning content that is more engaging, interactive, gamified and even hands-on.

The second step was to curate relevant and high-quality content and build a completely digital, self-sufficient content market place, accessible anytime, anywhere.
Lastly, we built a set of learning services, under the brand of ‘Life Long Learning’, to provide learners the opportunity to explore curated content in multiple modes.

RESHAPE ASSESSMENT

At TCS iON, we realised early the need to reimagine the traditional assessment system. We successfully brought about a paradigm shift in this sector by replacing the pen-and-paper format with a digital solution. The key advantage of digital assessments is increased transparency and a systematic process, which is secure and scalable. Password protection, individual access control and advanced encryption and decryption ensure increased credibility and prevent paper leakage. It eliminates the logistics of physically transporting and storing question papers and answer sheets, as well as saves evaluators’ time travelling to evaluation centres. Distribution of hall tickets has been digitised and biometric verification ensures that there is no impersonation.

Although a lot remains to be done in the education sector, TCS iON digital offers several platform-based learning solutions that understand the needs of today’s learners and facilitate overall development and progress in the education ecosystem.

Author – Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON

Source – https://tatareview.tataworld.com

DIMENSiON June 2019 | Business Process Education

TCS iON Digital Campus

Run multiple batches within the same academic year is now easier

Feature: Introducing Shift Concept in Academic Batch Creation

Description: Introducing a new field Shift in Academic Batch. Earlier there was a restriction in the System to create multiple batches for one “Academic Year-Site-Program”. Now, you can create more than one batch for a combination of Academic Year-Site-Program using the Shift field.

These Batches are created as Academic Year-Site-Program-Shift 1, Academic Year-Site-Program-Shift 2, Academic Year-Site-Program-Shift 3 and so on as per the requirement. The Shift field is available at the Program Master where you can define number of shifts as per the number of batches are required to create for Academic Year-Site-Program.The Shift field is a multi-select drop down at the Program screen. By default, No Shift is pre-selected at the Program Master.The Shift field is present in Generate Batch screen and Manage Batch screen as well.

Key benefits:

Granularity/Scope of a Batch has changed to Academic Year-Program-Site-Shift.Run multiple Batches within the same Academic Year with no system constraint.

Simpler way to create program in bulk

Feature: Introducing Program Creation in bulk from Award screen

Description: Now, you can create program in bulk from Award screen using a newly added functionality. The Award creation screen contains all required fields for program creation.

A button Create Program in Bulk is provided to generate programs with just Program names to be entered and add more programs as well by simply using Add Row button.Edit Program level information through Program Update Template.Update Program Semester level information through Program Semester Update Template.

Key benefits:

Program creation is not a separate action anymore.Create programs in bulk from the Award screen at once.

TCS iON Digital Marking

Maintaining the consistency and quality of marker’s performance

Feature: Percentage configuration to select answer scripts of individual markers for review is configurable

Description: Now, you can select specified percentage of submitted answer scripts by each marker for review on daily basis. These answer scripts appear highlighted in the reviewer’s console.

Key benefits: Ensures all markers’ performance are monitored with consistency and quality across the marking.

TCS iON URLS

Quick access to share short links on social media

Feature: Introducing Social Media Integration in TCS iON URLS.

Description: In this release, TCS iON URLS provides Social Media sharing capability. With this feature, you can share links across platforms for marketing and social networking.

Key benefits: Quick access to share short links on social media.

Highlights of the month –

Feature: Introducing Course Batch Creation in Bulk by using Exam Session

Description: Introducing a new use case for Course Batch Creation with integration between iON Digital Campus (Exam and Grading) and iON Digital Learning.

Now, you can create Course Batches through Digital Campus based on the defined Capture Type (Group Wise, Class Wise or Batch Session Wise).

Key benefits: Create Course Batches in Bulk for a Group, Class or Batch Session.Students can be enrolled to the corresponding Course Batches as per the Enrollment present in TCS iON Digital Campus.

Feature: Introducing Academic Template Creation in Bulk from Start Academic Year screen.

Description: A new radio button “Bulk Academic Template Creation” is added under Start Academic Year screen. With the help of this, you can search template or generate templates in bulk from Start an Academic Year screen by selecting Academic Year, Award, Program, Shift and Academic Template created as Yes or No.

Key benefits: Create academic templates in bulk from the Start an Academic Year screen, at once.In Search listing of Academic Template, you can view the records in the combination of Award, Program, Study Group, Regulation Master, Academic Template code and Template Creation Status.

Feature: Introducing option to add Subject post Approval at Curriculum Definition

Description: Earlier, in system, at Curriculum Definition, once the configuration was approved using Is Approved check box present in Other Configuration Mapping screen, the Subject and Exam configuration were non-editable further and Subject could not be added to respective configuration.

Now, you can add Subject post approval.

Note: Single subject addition is allowed at a time.

Key benefits:Granularity/Scope of Addition of subject is allowed after approval as well.Sync subject to Academic Template as well.

Feature: Introducing a new Dashboard to Verify Exam Configuration

Description: A new dashboard is provided to verify Exam and Grading Configuration, where you can verify the configuration at the below mentioned level.

Award Level.Award Session Level.Award Session Exam Type Setting.Program Level.Program Session Level.Report Card Configuration.

Note: This dashboard is used for internal verification only.

Key benefits: Verified configuration at all Award, Program and Report Card level at once.

Feature: Introducing Automatic Exam Scheduling

Description: A new feature Automatic Exam Scheduling is added. With this feature, you can generate exam schedule automatically based on set configuration.

Now, the system reads basic configuration such as date range for exam, applicable shifts, common subjects, applicable rooms for defined scope of Exam Session and so on.

Key benefits: Proper Optimization of Resources.Reduces Manual Effort for entering data for Subject and Student Site.Reduces occurrences of errors while creating manual exam schedule such as Multiple Exam for a student on same Date and Shift.

Feature: Introducing a new screen Resolve Capture Score Discrepancies.

Description: A new screen Resolving Capture Discrepancies Cases is added to resolve the Capture Score discrepancies.

Here, you can resolve discrepancies for two types of records:

  • Already Captured in Capture Score.
  • Duplicate Records in Raw Capture Score.
  • Key benefits:
    • Resolve discrepancy record from Resolving Capture Discrepancies Cases screen.Reduces the error occurrence by displaying applicable records at a time to resolve the discrepancies.

Feature: Question to audio response mapping

Description: Now, you can tag question to response. With this feature, the marker can navigate to a particular response by clicking on the corresponding question.

Key benefits: Ensures that the marker marks audio response correctly and eliminates scope for any confusion

Feature: Marker to mark a particular question’s response as missing in case of unavailability of the audio file.

Description: Now, the marker can set the flag as Audio file missing for the questions with no responses, by clicking on a checkbox that appears on selecting that question

Key benefits: The flag appears highlighted in the reports generated post result processing which helps to identify the missing responses, conveniently.

DIMENSiON June 2019 | Learning

TCS iON Digital Learning

Theory concept and practical knowledge go hand in hand

Feature: Hands-On programming activity in Digital Learning courses.

Description: Introducing a new type of activity as Hands-on Programming Interface. This activity helps the faculty to assess the learners in their technical programming skills as a part of the course and provides score and grading based on it. With this activity, learners can also practice coding and equip themselves technically along with theoretical content of courses.

To configure Hands-on Activity in organisation, the organisation admin must configure the External Vendors for Hands-On in Preferences screen. Now, add Hands-on as a component while Course creation.

You can create Hands-on Activity once the Hands-on component is added in the Course.

The options include:

a) Creating Hands-on Activity with Eclipse Che IDE (No configuration required for anything).

b) Creating Hands-on Activity with configured External Vendor selection.

In case of either selection, the participants can view the Activity on Course Launch. The selected Hands-on Mode (either Hackerrank/Katacoda/Eclipse Che) displays against the Activity name.

•Key benefits: Learn theoretical concepts along with practical knowledge.

Course and community creation demarcated for user clarit

Feature: Upload supported documents for admin action to create Community or Course

Description: Now, when you create a Community or Course, it requires the invitation of two administrators. In case, if it is not a Force Invite option then, the invitation request must be accepted by the Admin to activate the Community or Course.

Additionally, the invited moderator of a Course/Community can upload the supporting documents in My Actions screen for the Administrator to review and accept the invitation to administer the Course or Community.

In Moderator View, you can View and Remove the uploaded file.

In Administrator View, the admin can view an eye icon to review uploaded documents, based on which the invitation is accepted and rejected.

Key Benefits: Objective behind Course or Community creation gets clear to the administrator.

Highlights of the month

Introducing Post display on timeline with Admin approval

  • Feature: Configuration to display post on timeline with admin’s approval.
  • Description: Now, you can display Enablers on timeline with admin’s approval, in iDL. With this feature, once you create a post, it displays with a tag Pending for Action. Once the admin approves the Post, it displays to others on timeline. The Post does not display to others until the admin declines or does not take any action on it.

You can view the options related to the Post such as Vote up, Vote down, Comment, Favourite, Share with/Copy link and so on once the admin approves the Post.

The admin can view the community Posts along with the buttons to approve or decline the post, on timeline.

Admin can also filter out all post, which are pending for action on the timeline using the icon provided.

  • Key benefits: Admin can filter out any offensive or objectionable post before they appear on timeline.

Highlights of the month

Introducing upload supported documents for admin action to create Community or Course

  • Feature: Upload supported documents for admin action to create Community or Course
  • Description: Now, when you create a Community or Course, it requires the invitation of two administrators. In case, if it is not a Force Invite option then, the invitation request must be accepted by the Admin to activate the Community or Course.

Additionally, the invited moderator of a Course/Community can upload the supporting documents in My Actions screen for the Administrator to review and accept the invitation to administer the Course or Community.

In Moderator View, you can View and Remove the uploaded file.

In Administrator View, the admin can view an eye icon to review uploaded documents, based on which the invitation is accepted and rejected.

Key Benefits: Objective behind Course or Community creation gets clear to the administrator.

Introducing Face Verification and System Authentication for course Access

  • Feature: Face Verification and System Authentication in courses for participant access.
  • Description: Now, the course admin can configure Face Verification & System Authentication to access the TCS iON iDL courses. Course Admin can enable this feature.

Here, the course Admin can select the required participant data for Registration and verify the data captured during Registration, at the time of authentication.

Perform authentication in two ways:

  1. Course Admin can authenticate by providing the access code to launch the course. You must enter the access code after clicking Launch to launch the course.
  2. You can authenticate to yourself by capturing your photo through the webcam-enabled system, at the Course Launch, which once verified allows you to access the Course.

In case, if the authentication fails, then the course admin has the option to Generate Access Code forcefully for the user.

  • Key Benefit: Admin can authorise the Course content access using this feature.

Introducing new ODRs for logs of Course or Activity launch

  • Feature: Two new ODR added in Report and Communication solution
  • Description: Now, you can find Community or Course launch logs details and Course or Activity Launch Stats using two newly added ODRs in Report and Communication solution of Webtop.

Following are the two new ODRs:

  • Community/Course Launch Logs ODR: The Course Launch details of a user are available in this ODR with details like System IP, browser used, device used for Course launch and launch date.
  • Course/Activity Launch Stats (Daily) ODR: You can track the launch count details of a Course or Community through this ODR. These details include Launch date, activity, entity type, entity title and launch count.

DIMENSiON June 2019 | Assessment

TCS iON Digital Assessment

Candidate’s feedback option on questions are now enabled

Feature: Introducing Question Wise Feedback / Objection

Description: With this release, the candidate can provide the feedback/raise objection against each of the questions in the assessment. The candidate will be provided with the facility to select the concerned option from the drop down for the required set of questions. The candidate can provide this during the assessment in the assessment console.

For example, in an assessment, in Group 1, for question 4, the candidate feels that the question content is not proper and for question 10, it is not related to the syllabus. In such cases, the candidates can provide the feedback/raise objection against the concerned questions by selecting the required option.

Key benefits:

  • Enable the candidates to raise their concern question wise, wherever applicable
  • Overall report about the objection raised by the candidates in the assessment is available for the administrators

Administrators can access a detailed report concerning candidate questions

Features : Restore Candidate Registration Details During Drive Re-Download

Description: IT Manager downloads the drive at a stipulated time for the assessment and the candidate registration including Photo and Biometric happens on the day of the assessment.

There might be a possibility to re-download the drive because of following reasons:

  • Changes in Assessment/ Drive configuration
  • Issues in Assessment Server
  • Other operational issues

During drive download, Operations team has to perform set of critical activities which include redo the overall registration process OR to skip the registration process and carry out the assessment without candidate registration data.

Both Re-do and Skipping of the registration process are tedious for the operations team. To handle these situations effectively, a new capability has been introduced to retain the registration data for multi-exam

This will help operations team to do the registration process as usual and in case of any failure, the same registration data can be obtained and the assessment can be conducted seamlessly.

In Normal scenario when drive is “Restored” both application and registration data will be restored / retained. Below are scenarios resulting in re-download of drive because registration data will be erased resulting in re-registration process to capture candidate biometrics:

  • Conducting the parallel exam with multi exam  or parallel exam permission from ADC (Either on same or different server)
  • Re-downloading drive due to configuration changes (Either on same or different server)

Key benefits: Conduct assessment seamlessly by restoring the candidate data even in case of any system failures

Highlights of the month:

Feature: Introducing Rich Text Editor For Short Answer Type Questions

Description: With this release, the candidates can be enabled to enter their responses for the Short Answer type of questions using the Rich text editor as well. The rich text editor enables the candidates to format their responses like Bold, Italic, text alignment, insertion of special characters, symbols etc.

Enabling the rich text editor in candidate console is the configurable parameter and has to be configured at the question level while creating the questions in CAE.

Rich text configuration is applicable only for the Short Answer type questions where evaluation is not required by the system.

The responses given by the candidates will be evaluated through Marker Hub and will be available in the QP HTML as well for the candidates

Key benefits:

  • Flexibility for candidates to format the text like bold, italic etc.
  • View the rich text response by candidates in QPHTML.
  • Better view for the markers in Marker Hub to evaluate the rich text responses.
  • Feature: Logging Incident For Change In Candidate System

Description: On the day of the assessment, the candidate systems are launched with the launcher using the details of the candidates. The candidates subsequently undergo the process of registration and take the assessment in the mapped system.

There are chances for the candidates to take the assessment from the system other than that of the mapped system. Following might be the reasons:

  • Candidate can change the system by forcefully closing the launcher and can take the assessment from the different system which is the malpractice. In this case, an incident will be raised and the test center will be on hold as the candidate has taken the assessment from the different system.
  • The IT Manager can change the candidate system due to various reasons like the system crash, network issues etc… with the appropriate comments. In this case, the incident will be raised and the on hold policy will not be applied.

Key benefits:

  • Better tractability for the administrator to trace the candidates whose machines are changed for the assessment.
  • Eliminate the chances of malpractices by the candidates by changing the system forcefully.
  • Feature: Usage Of Special Characters In The Subject Names

Description: With this release, following special characters can be used in the subject names. Earlier, they were restricted.

1.      Ampersand (&)

2.      Colon (:)

3.      Hyphen (-)

4.      Comma (,)

Rest of the special characters will not be allowed.

Key benefits:

  • Flexibility for the users to include the special characters as required in the subject names.
  • Following are sample subjects that can be created: E-Commerce, Linear & Digital Circuits etc.
  • Feature: Viewing The Subject In Alphabetical Order

Description: With this release, the list of subjects in all the drop down across the CAE screens and the Excel templates will be shown in the alphabetical order.

Key benefits:

  • Enable the users to search for the required subjects easier and faster.
  • Feature: Enhancements In Question Paper Preview Screen

Description: With this release, following details will be shown in the Question Paper Preview screen:

1.      The Question id of all the questions in the Question Paper. (Applicable for Paper Pencil and OMR type Assessments, Already available for Digital Assessment QPs)

2.      The Template id and name from which the Question Paper is created. (Applicable for Paper Pencil and OMR type Assessments. Will be implemented in upcoming release for Digital Assessment QPs)

Key benefits:

  • Easy identification of questions with the question ids displayed in QP preview screen
  • Identify the template from the which the QP is created.
  • Feature: Edit The Paper Pencil Assessment Qps Same As That Of Digital Assessment Type Qps

Description: With this release, the user can edit the Paper Pencil Assessment type QPs similar to the Digital Assessment type question papers. The user can edit the question contents with the edit option from QP Management screen directly. Earlier, the system was redirecting to the process of QP creation

Key benefits: Edit the question contents of offline QPs directly from the QP Management screen

  • Feature: Renaming The Label “How To Solve”/“Grading Scheme”

Description: In Question Management, in Tab2, the label “How to Solve”/”Grading Scheme” is now renamed as “Hint”. This is applicable across all the question types in both the front end as well as the excel templates.

Key benefits: This Label change is made for the better understanding of the users.

  • Feature: Help On Question Excel Upload

Description: User can now download the help with the details of all the columns in the Question upload Excel. The excel help explains about the details of question type wise mandatory and non-mandatory columns for both the configuration details and the language sheets.

Key benefits: Enable the users to understand in detail about the mandatory and optional fields and the dependent attributes.

  • Feature: Visibility Of Save, Preview And Cancel Button In Question Management Screen

Description: With this release, in Question Management screen, the Save, Preview Question and Cancel button will be visible across all the tabs. This is applicable while creating any type of questions.

Earlier, it is mandatory for the user to navigate to the last tab to save or preview the question. Rest of the functionalities remain as it is.

Key benefits: Flexibility to the user to save the question at any time while working on any of the screens.

  • Feature: Access For The Creator And Reviewer To Tag Question Status

Description:

For Question Creator:

In Question Management screen, while creating the question, the creator will now have access to tag the questions as New / Draft/ Complete only.

In addition, the creator can also view the questions that are in “Send Back” status.

Description:

Once the question creator creates a question, the question will be saved with the status ‘New’. The creator has to change the status to “Complete” for the view by the reviewer.

In addition, the creator can also tag the questions to “Draft” status in the interim, which is optional.

If the reviewer has sent back the question, then the creator can view the questions with the status “Send Back”. Creator can now make the necessary changes and change the status of the questions to “Complete”. Creator can also tag the questions to “Draft” if required.

For Question Reviewer:

In Question Management screen, while reviewing the question, the reviewer can view the questions that are with the status “Complete” only. The reviewer can change the status of the question to any of the following:

Review, Send back, seal, unseal, retire, reject.

Only the questions that are tagged as “Send Back” will be sent to creator to make the changes. Rest of the all the status will be available only for the reviewer. The status “Review” can be used optionally by the reviewer which is similar to the status “Draft” for the creator.

Key benefits:

•  Privileged access to the users to ensure that the questions are not tagged to the unintended status.

•  Easy view of questions by the creator and reviewer to work upon.

  • Feature: Enhancements In Media Search

Description: Following are the two search fields introduced in the Media Management screen to enhance the media search.

  • Description Name
  • Select Users

The media can be searched with the description name to which it is tagged. The search can also be done by entering the description name partially.

In addition, the user can also search the media that are uploaded by the other users. The access to search the media uploaded by the other users is restricted only to the users who are tagged as the Subject Administrators. By default, the media uploaded by the current logged in user will be searched. The user can select the user as required and can do the search.

Key benefits:

  • Enable the Subject Administrators to search the media uploaded by other users.
  • Partial search of media using the description makes the process of search faster.
  • Feature: Miscellaneous Enhancements

Description:

Restriction to delete the QP Bundle:

With this release, the user cannot delete the Question Paper Bundle, once the bundle is downloaded.

Restriction to delete the Media:

The user cannot update/overwrite the media, once the media is used in a sealed Question Paper

Key benefits: Enhanced security to avoid unwanted deletion

TCS iON partners with AICTE to build students’ soft skills

According to research by the company there is a gap in students’ competencies when it comes to career skills.

TCS iON collaborates with AICTE. (Left to Right) : Preet Gupta, National Head, Strategic Account TCS iON; Krishnan CA, Business Unit Head – TCS iON; Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head – TCS iON;Dr Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE; Prof Alok Prakash Mittal, Member Secretary – AICTE; Prof M.P. Poonia, Vice Chairman – AICTE

MUMBAI: TCS iON, a business unit of TCS and All lndia Council for Technical Education (AICTE) announced a collaboration to provide students with a digital learning course to equip them with career skills.

TCS is one of the largest recruiters of engineering graduates in the country. According to research by the company there is a gap in students’ competencies when it comes to career skills. “Many students miss out on job opportunities despite their strong academic performance because of the lack of basic soft skills such as effective communication and interpersonal skills,” according to the company.

TCS iON has curated a free, 20 hour-long career skills course that will cover topics such as corporate etiquette, effective email writing, impactful presentations, lT awareness etc to address this.

Commenting on the partnership with AICTE, Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON, said, “We run one of the largest recruitment platforms in the world. Candidate data from the past few years has given us deep insights into the gaps in students’ competencies. As a responsible recruiter in the country, we would like to participate along with the educational institutions in helping students develop better career skills. We are delighted to collaborate with AICTE in this national effort.”

The course will be available to students free of charge throughout the duration of their degree course and can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

Dr Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, said, “We have collaborated with TCS iON to empower the students with career skills to help them stand out in the competitive hiring scenario. The unique course provided by TCS iON will help improve placement opportunities for our institutions, thereby initiating a strong start to the professional careers of the students. The guidance provided by TCS iON will prepare students for their professional endeavors and help cultivate a highly qualified, competent, and proficient workforce.”

To know more, Visit : https://learning.tcsionhub.in/courses/career-skills/

Source : https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/education/tcs-ion-partners-with-aicte-to-build-students-soft-skills/articleshow/70160953.cms?from=mdr