Written byGogona Saikia
At a time when the capital struggles to breathe amid polluted air, CBSE has welcome news.
The Delhi-based Board claims to have saved 50,000 trees by taking its examination system digital- it no longer prints admit cards, marksheets, pass certificates, migration certificates and more for several exams, including Class-10 and 12.
This has saved 30cr pages, it says. But benefits are not just environmental.
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Unlike five years ago, when school board students had to wait for days or weeks to receive their marksheets from the CBSE, today, they get them digitally as soon as results are declared.
For this, the Board has opened 80L Digital Lockers for these students, it says. Not just marksheets, migration and pass certificates are also sent over online.
Going paperless has more benefits than saving the environment, the Board says. With this move, they have managed to save Rs. 100cr that would otherwise have been spent on printing the documents.
Moreover, it has made the system transparent, officials say.
According to CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal, "This also saves time, which is why we could announce the results earlier this time."
To supplement their efforts, the Board has roped in new technological techniques, like the TETRA (Theory Evaluation Trend Analysis), a decision support system which evaluates in real time.
There's the OECMS (Online Exam Centre Management System) which displays real-time information about exam centers, scribes, observers etc.
The OASIS (Online Affiliated Schools' Information System), meanwhile, helps detect inconsistency in marks.
It's not just CBSE. Eminent institutes like the IITs and Delhi University have migrated, fully or partially, to a paperless system.
Recently, Manipal University started handing out tabs to students for appearing exams, which saved 30L pages annually, TOI reports.
Such steps are the need of the hour: in May, WHO revealed 14 of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in India.
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