Up to date: ‘PU to adopt latest exam system’

Published: January 12, 2017

ISLAMABAD / LAHORE: The Punjab University will adopt the latest examination management system to provide modern facilities to students, said PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir.

He visited the varsity’s department of examinations on Wednesday. The university’s Controller of Examinations Professor Dr Shahid Munir briefed him about the functioning of various sections, workload and infrastructure of the department.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Zafar assured that the hardware for the Punjab University Examination Management Information System (PUEMIS) would be upgraded shortly to modernise the department.

He shared his vision of transforming the memory-based examination system to a conceptual and knowledge-based application to ensure quality education. He assured modern paper and curriculum designing would be implemented. The VC discussed various projects, including the provision of a UAN number, telephone exchange, installation of CCTV cameras and PUEMIS.

Dr Zafar instructed concerned officials to expedite paperwork of new PC-I for construction of new state-of-the-art examination halls, university auditoriums and allied services. He also expressed his keen interest in finalising the PC-I within a month so that it could be presented before the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) in the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and added to budget of Fiscal Year 2017-18.

Dr Shahid said that the new PUEMIS would have features enabling the candidates to submit their admission forms, rechecking forms, subject or centre change form, degree forms and degree verification forms online. Moreover, in the new system, a reliable and secure award management mechanism would ensure timely and error-free result preparation, he said. Dr Zafar added the new system would be flexible and accommodate all existing and future examination details.

He said colleges would be able to submit their affiliation requests online. All affiliated institutions would also be provided with secure logins on the website. The system would automatically print the due fee and candidate’s particulars as per a schedule notified by the university.

The candidates would be able to print their roll number slips and centre information from the website. The same could also be obtained by sending an SMS to the university’s number. The system would help in management of centre material, including questions papers and answer sheets, according to data already entered through admission forms.

In the new system, all the data of supervisory staff would be entered against their valid CNIC numbers to develop a pool of staff for appointment in various examinations based upon their qualifications, designation, experience and other relevant parameters.

The new system will provide a mechanism for automatic due fee challan generation when required. An online fee reconciliation mechanism would be implemented between the bank and accounts department for timely verification of deposited fees.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2017.

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