Mumbai University hires Pune tech firm to hold IDOL exams | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: Mumbai University has hired a new technology partner to conduct exams for the Institute of Open and Distance Learning (IDOL). It is Pune-based edtech firm Splashgain Technologies whose platform Eklavvya uses remote proctoring.
In all, five companies had applied under the new tender MU floated. While the technical committee shortlisted three of these, this firm was selected for being the cheapest. The university will be billed close to Rs 10 per exam, per candidate. In all, about 40,000 students will take the exam starting Monday.
“The university will start taking the exam with a smaller batch of students,” said an MU official. “This company has already conducted online exams for several affiliated colleges in Mumbai,” added an MU authority. IDOL has floated Google Forms asking for students’ location and device to take exams.
Earlier, MU had roped in LittleMore Innovation Labs for IDOL exams but after two days of fiasco, it decided to float a fresh tender. It did not consider the second bidder (Edutech India) or the third (Weshine Technologies) from the first tender.
“The university thought it prudent to go ahead with a triedand-tested tech partner (Eklavvya),” said an MU official. “Some principals suggested two companies that were proven successful, could be roped in but the tender route was taken to avoid any legal issues.” The fresh IDOL exam timetable will be displayed on the MU website.
Meanwhile, University Grants Commission gave a nod to IDOL for first-year admissions. “UGC nod came in as MU, despite not having NAAC rating yet, is one of the top 100 NIRF universities, a change UGC made this year in criteria for allowing institutes to run a distance learning programme,” said an official.

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