Microsoft partners with CBSE to digitally encrypt public exam question papers

Microsoft has partnered with CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) to enable easy and secure distribution of question papers in India. As part of this partnership, Microsoft will digitally encrypt question papers for Class X and XII examinations. Microsoft even tested this solution in the recently held Class X compartmental examinations, across 487 examination centers.

Here’s how the question papers will be distributed by CBSE from now on:

  • 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 just 30 minutes before exam start time, 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.
  • The Controller of Examination can track the entire process using a software solution built on Windows 10 and Office 365.  

“A strong education ecosystem is key to our nation’s development and Microsoft and CBSE are deeply committed to digitally transform the sector. Innovative implementation of technology has the potential to solve some of the most pressing issues faced by the sector. The success of this partnership with CBSE is proof of that potential. I am confident we are well on the way towards a digitally empowered education ecosystem,” said Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Managing Director, Microsoft India.

Source: Microsoft

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